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Va. police: Driver flees DUI checkpoint, kills mother of 2

COEBURN, Va. – State police say a mother of two young children was killed by a driver who tried to avoid a drunken driving checkpoint in the southwest of Virginia.

The police says the crash occurred Friday afternoon at 58 Route in the town of Coeburn, in Wise County.

Police say the 36-year-old Samantha Dennis of Coeburn was driving a sport-utility that abruptly stopped after arrival at a DUI checkpoint. The police says that they made a U-turn and to the west, in the eastbound lane before with any other car.

The driver of the car died on the spot. The police identified her as 32-year-old Rebecca Starling of St. Charles, Missouri. Her 5-year-old daughter and 2-year-old daughter were in the car at the time. She suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say charges are pending against Dennis.

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