89-Year-Old Gainesville Woman Dies in Tractor Trailer Collision

| November 28, 2018 | 0 Comments | News

An 89-year-old Gainesville woman died in a car accident on Lee Highway in Gainesville when her vehicle collided with a tractor trailer.

Prince William County Police Investigators with the Crash Unit responded to Lee Highway at Heathcote Boulevard in Gainesville (20155) to investigate a fatal two vehicle crash at Nov. 27 at 11:42 a.m.

The initial investigation revealed that the driver of a 2001 Jeep Cherokee was attempting to make a left hand turn from northbound Lee Highway onto Heathcote Boulevard when the vehicle collided with a 2002 Peterbilt tractor with a flatbed trailer traveling on southbound Lee Highway.

The driver of the Jeep was transported to an area hospital where she died as a result of her injuries. The driver of the Peterbilt remained on scene and was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.

Speed, alcohol, and drugs were not factors in this crash. No charges are pending at this time. The investigation continues.


The deceased, the driver of the 2001 Jeep Cherokee, was identified as Josephine Bernadine Cooke, 89, of Gainesville, Virginia.

The driver of the 2002 Peterbilt tractor with a flatbed trailer was identified as a 31-year-old man of Standardsville, Virginia.

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