Midlothian Man Convicted of Reckless Driving in 2014 Fatal Accident

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March 17, 2015 12:00am
By PORTSIA SMITH / THE FREELANCE-STAR

A man will not serve any jail time after being convicted of reckless driving in an accident that killed a Caroline County father and injured his two children.

Walter David Potter, 63, of Midlothian was found guilty of reckless driving in Hanover General District Court Thursday. He was ordered to pay a $1,500 fine and lose his driver's license for six months.

The August 2014 multi-vehicle crash in Ashland killed Floyd F. Robinson Jr., 41, of Caroline County. It put his daughter, Tierra, 6, on life support in a Richmond hospital and left his son, Taeshawn, 11, with multiple injuries. Both have since recovered.

Robinson was a custodian at Bowling Green Elementary school. He and his children were going to an Ashland car dealership to visit a friend and had stopped in the left southbound lane of U.S. 1 to cross the northbound lanes.

His car was struck from behind by a van driven by Potter, who was traveling in the same lane. That caused Robinson's vehicle to spin into the northbound lane.

The Robinsons were ejected onto the northbound side of the roadway, according to the Hanover Sheriff's Office. None of the three were wearing seat belts, police said.

In an effort to avoid the crash, a third vehicle, traveling north on U.S. 1, swerved and struck Robinson's car. This caused a fourth vehicle, an SUV, to swerve to avoid the accident. The SUV hit Robinson, who was in the roadway.

"It was a horrible accident, and our condolences go out to the family," said Fredericksburg-based defense attorney Jonathan David.

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