By Bill Atkinson
Progress-Index Staff

Fatalities are a mother and daughter from Dinwiddie County; social-media post said it happened on a family member’s birthday

PETERSBURG — A mother and daughter from Dinwiddie County have been identified as the two people killed in Saturday morning’s crash on U.S. Route 460 that was the result of a high-speed police chase off Interstate 295.

Petersburg Police Capt. Emanuel Chambliss said Christi Noelle Jarratt, 42, and Kaitlyn Jarratt, 25, both died as a result of injuries suffered in the accident that occurred around 10:30 on U.S. 460 — also known as County Drive — at Baxter Road in southeast Petersburg. The mother was killed instantly, and the daughter died later at an area hospital.

“We would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to the family of both victims,” Chambliss said in a statement.

The chain of events began on Interstate 295 northbound near its junction with Interstate 95. A Prince George officer clocked a burgundy Jeep Cherokee driving at a speed of 115 mph, 45 higher than the posted speed limit.

 

The officer began chasing the vehicle, which got off on the Route 460 west exit. As the police officer was attempting to catch up with the suspect vehicle, he saw it cross the yellow line and crash head-on into two eastbound vehicles at the intersection with Baxter Road.

Prince George and Petersburg police are investigating the pursuit and the crash, respectively, with assistance from the Virginia State Police. Charges are pending against the driver of the Jeep, who has not yet been identified. A Prince George police official said Petersburg is taking the lead role in the investigation.

A social-media post from Christi Jarratt’s brother said the wreck took place on their father’s 70th birthday. Family members also noted that Kaitlyn Jarratt was pregnant with her second child.

Bill Atkinson can be reached at batkinson@progress-index.com. On Twitter: @BAtkinson_PI