Couple hurt, man charged in multi-vehicle crash

Posted: November 19, 2012

Star staff report

A Winchester man has been charged with reckless driving in a five-vehicle accident that injured a city couple on Saturday, according to police.

The wreck occurred shortly before 10 a.m. on Jubal Early Drive near South Loudoun Street when an eastbound 2001 Nissan Maxima driven by 28-year-old Matthew Joseph Butterworth hit the rear of a 1996 Chevrolet Lumina driven by Robert Rowland, 77, of Winchester, a press release from the Winchester Police Department states.

Rowland’s Chevrolet was stopped at a red traffic light behind three other vehicles at the intersection, and the initial impact caused a chain reaction with those vehicles, the release states. The Chevrolet spun 180 degrees and landed partially on the front hood of Butterworth’s vehicle and against a 2001 Acura driven by Mark Cochran of Winchester.

Rowland and his wife Nancy, who was a passenger in the Chevrolet, were taken to Winchester Medical Center for the treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Butterworth was charged with reckless driving and released at the scene, the release states.

Jubal Early Drive was closed to eastbound traffic between Valley Avenue and South Loudoun Street for about 90 minutes while the accident was investigated, the release states. The police department’s Accident Reconstruction Team assisted in the investigation.