Staunton Toddler Killed in Augusta Co. Crash

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.

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