August 25, 2013
A Staunton toddler was killed in a car crash Saturday night in Augusta County.
Police say 32-year-old Stephanie Dudley was driving westbound on Route 720 when she ran off the side of the road. Her Ford Mustang struck a fence then hit a tree head-on.
Dudley was taken to the University of Virginia Medical Center with serious injuries. Police say she was not wearing a seatbelt.
The only passenger in the car was 3-year-old Karl Swanson of Staunton. Police say he was riding in the back in a child safety seat but died at the scene.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation, and charges are pending.