A 17-year-old Cosby High School student has been identified as the person killed in a four-vehicle, chain-reaction crash late Tuesday in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 in Hanover County.
Rachel Garka, who lived in Midlothian, died at the scene of the 11:21 p.m. wreck, state police said.
Her father, Scott Garka, who is president of CultureWorks, was seriously injured, an employee of the Richmond-based arts and culture nonprofit confirmed. Police reported that injuries were serious but not life-threatening.
State police said charges were pending in the crash, which occurred near I-95’s Sliding Hill Road exit. A two-door Volkswagen, driven by Scott Garka, was rear-ended, which pushed the car into the vehicle in front of it, sparking the chain-reaction crash, police said.
No other injuries were reported. Garka and his daughter were both wearing seat belts.
The Virginia State Police Richmond Division Crash Reconstruction Team is assisting with the crash investigation.
Prior to joining CultureWorks in 2015, Garka worked at Virginia Health Quality Center, Capital One Financial Corp. and the accounting firm Arthur Anderson. He moved to Richmond in 1992 after graduating from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce.