Reckless Driving in Fatal Dinwiddie Accident

Teen Faces Reckless Driving Charge in Dinwiddie, VA Crash

A teenager was charged with reckless driving in Dinwiddie, Virginia in an accident that left one passenger dead.

Virginia State Police say 19-year-old Timothy Quarles was driving a Nissan Maxima when he lost control of the vehicle in Dinwiddie, VA.The car hit a ditch and flipped at least five times before landing in a cornfield. 15-year-old Shaylin Herrin, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle. Herrin was pinned beneath the car and died on the scene. A 16-year-old passenger sitting in the back seat also failed to strap on his seatbelt. He survived.

Police say neither speed nor alcohol were factors in the crash.


The accident occurred just after 9 PM on Carson Road in Dinwiddie County. Quarles, Herrin and another passenger were headed home from a youth group meeting at the First Assembly of God in Petersburg, VA.

Friends and family describe Herrin as a kind, respectful girl. She was a member of the JROTC at Dinwiddie High School and aspired to join the Air Force after graduating.

A day after the crash, administrators at Dinwiddie High School postponed SOL testing so that counselors and teachers could focus on grieving students.

Police charged Timothy Quarles with failure to maintain proper control— reckless driving in Dinwiddie County, Virginia.

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