Police are investigating a fatal car crash Friday. It happened just after 5:00 Friday morning on Plank Road just west of Monacan Trail in Albemarle County.

The driver, 39-year-old Nikki Renee Patterson of Afton, struck a deer, veered off the side of the road and hit a tree.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Albemarle County Police say Patterson wasn't wearing a seatbelt. No one else was in the vehicle when the accident happened.

Reported by Julie Bercik
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