Dozing driver allegedly causes crash; 3 sent to WMC

Posted: June 20, 2014

The Winchester Star

This 2006 Kia SUV was driving west on Fairfax Pike. It overturned after side-swiping a 2010 Honda minivan driving east.
According to Lt. Warren Gosnell of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, Donald Robichaud was driving west on Fairfax Pike when he allegedly dozed off and drifted across the center line, hitting this Honda minivan.

STEPHENS CITY — Three people were taken to the hospital Thursday after a two-vehicle crash on Fairfax Pike (Va. 277), east of the town.

Lt. Warren Gosnell of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office responded at about 3:40 p.m. to the scene in the 1100 block of Fairfax Pike.

He said Donald Robichaud, 40, was driving west on the road when he allegedly dozed off and drifted across the center line.

His 2006 Kia SUV sideswiped a 2010 Honda minivan driving east on Fairfax Pike.

The driver, Mary Shipp, 68, tried to avoid the collision, according to Gosnell, but did not have enough room to move over in traffic.

The minivan went off the road onto the shoulder and into a yard at 1194 Fairfax Pike.

Gosnell said the Kia slid on its side for about 90 to 100 feet before coming to rest on its top.

Mary Shipp and passenger Charles Shipp, 69, both of Woodstock, were trapped in their vehicle for a brief period.

Both, along with Robichaud, were taken to Winchester Medical Center. All three were wearing seat belts.

Their injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, according to Gosnell — who investigated the crash.

Robichaud was issued a summons for reckless driving.

Stephens City and Middletown Volunteer Fire and Rescue companies assisted at the scene.

— Contact Melissa Boughton at mboughton@winchesterstar.com