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18-year-old charged in serious York County crash with VDOT truck

Police think the 18-year-old driver of the Chevrolet Blazer was driving west on Merrimac Trail when the car drifted into eastbound lanes.

YORK COUNTY, Va. — Around 8:30 a.m., the Virginia State Police said a Chevrolet Blazer and a VDOT truck crashed in York County, leaving both drivers hurt, and one with life-threatening injuries.

A release from investigators said the accident happened near Merrimac Trail and Armstrong Drive.

Police think the 18-year-old driver of the Chevrolet Blazer was driving west on Merrimac Trail when the car drifted into eastbound lanes. 

A spokesperson said the Blazer hit a VDOT sign repair truck head-on.

The driver of that SUV, Sterling Piggott of Williamsburg, had to be flown to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. He was later charged with reckless driving/failure to maintain proper control of a vehicle.

The VDOT truck was pushed into a ditch and overturned. That driver, 66-year-old Douglas Wittekind of Newport News, was taken to Riverside Regional Hospital with less critical injuries.