photos of victims

Pictured from left to right are Delois Williams, Wartena Somerville, James Farley and Constance Wynn.

A Norfolk man has been charged with reckless driving in a Dinwiddie County crash that killed four members of Shiloh Baptist Church in Blackstone and injured seven others who were inside a van headed to a church revival.

State police on Monday said they have charged Robert Lee Allen, 47, who was driving a Ford F-450 truck pulling a trailer loaded with metal when he failed to stop in time on U.S. 460 and struck the church van from behind about 6:45 p.m. May 28. The impact caused the van to overturn several times before it finally came to rest on its side on the right side of the highway.

The church van was struck as it was slowing to turn toward the parking lot of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Dinwiddie, where members were headed to attend a revival.

Allen's truck ran off the left side of U.S. 460 and struck a guardrail. He was taken to a hospital for minor injuries.

Killed in the crash were Constance Wynn, 85, a former Lunenburg County school teacher who served as town councilwoman from 1987 to 2010; James Farley, 87, a former groundskeeper at Shiloh Baptist Church; Wartena Somerville, 36, an elementary school teacher and mother of a young child; and Delois Williams, 72, chairperson of the church's deacon board.

Police said the crash remains under investigation.

Two days after the crash, Dinwiddie Commonwealth's Attorney Ann Cabell Baskervill said her office was collaborating with state police in the investigation and "charging decisions will be made when it is appropriate to do so."

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