Rural Carrier Garland R. Bland Jr., 41, of North Chesterfield, VA killed in accident on the route

Authorities have charged a Midlothian woman with reckless driving in a crash Thursday that killed the driver of a mail carrier truck in Henrico County.

The Virginia State Police were summoned about 6:15 p.m. Thursday to the scene of a two-vehicle crash along northbound Interstate 295 just south of Woodman Road.

According to a preliminary investigation, a U.S. Postal Service truck driven by Garland R. Bland Jr., 41, of North Chesterfield, was traveling north on I-295 in the center lane when he was struck in the rear by a 2015 Mazda 6 driven by Lauren E. Colognori, 30. The impact caused Bland to lose control and overturn off the road to the left, the police said.

Bland was not wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected from the vehicle. He died at the scene. Colognori was wearing her seat belt and was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The crash is under investigation.

Garland Bland Obituary

Update:  Lauren E. Colognori was found not guilty of reckless driving in September 2020.

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