Mechanical Issue May Have Caused Fatal Crash

Posted at 2:22 PM, Jan 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-06 19:14:08-05

Authorities said they have been leaning toward the possibility a triple fatal crash in Winchester on New Year’s Eve was caused by mechanical issues.

Police said they believe the vehicle started accelerating and the driver, identified as 83-year-old Mary Parks, could not stop.

According to officials, this problem has been common with Parks’ model Kia Optima.

Officials confirmed they have put in a request with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to assist in the investigation.

Three people died as a result of their injuries from the crash.

The wreck happened around 11:30 a.m. on New Year’s Eve on Dinah Shore Boulevard in Winchester.

Twins John and James Hill, age 7, passed away. Their parents, Aaron and Lynetta, were injured.

Authorities said Aaron was seriously injured. Lynetta was expected to be okay, but suffered a broken back and six broken ribs.

Officials with the Winchester Police Department said a minivan carrying the Hill family was heading south. The van was stopped at a red light when Parks’ 2008 Kia, slammed into the back of it, forcing the van into the intersection and oncoming traffic. The van then collided with a Ford F-150 pickup truck.

Police said Parks’ Kia was traveling at a high rate of speed, about 90 miles per hour.

Parks died Friday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center from her injuries.

A gofundme account has been set up for donations for the Hill family. You can visit the page by clicking here.