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Interstate fatality leads to indictment

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

An Ashburn truck driver involved in an October crash on I-81 that claimed the life of a Naval officer has been indicted by a Pulaski County grand jury.

According to indictments released Wednesday, 49-year-old Manrajbir Singh Kang is charged with a misdemeanor count of reckless driving involving a death.

Virginia State Police First Sgt. Mike Honaker said in October that Kang was driving a tractor-trailer that collided with the rear of a 2006 Ford Escape driven by Lt. Commander Sharon Marie Tate, 47, of Woodbridge. Tate had slowed for traffic that had almost come to a stop due to a work zone when her SUV was shoved into the rear of a flatbed tractor-trailer, then crushed between both trucks.

Tate died at the scene of the Pulaski County crash, near the Wythe County line.

Honaker attributed the wreck to “driver inattention.”