Chesterfield County, Virginia (WRIC) – Chesterfield’s father mourns the loss of his daughter after a fatal car crash over the weekend.
The accident happened on the road to Baul near the Catholic Church of St. Augustine on Saturday. Chesterfield police said 19-year-old Sarah Ingram was a passenger in the car when it veered off the road and crashed into a tree.
Ingrem was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries and later died.
The crash site is close to where the Ingrems lived in Chesterfield. There grows a memorial with balloons, pink and white flowers and white crosses in memory of Ingram.
“She was … it was my baby,” Mr. Ingram said. “It’s not that she didn’t have another family or support system. It was just my duty. “
22-year-old Luis Adolfo Lren Leon, the driver of the car in which Ingram was killed, was arrested and charged with the unintentional murder of DUI and DUI. Mr. Ingram said his daughter and Leon were friends. Authorities told Mr Ingram that his daughter was not wearing a seat belt.
Those who loved Ingram said you didn’t just meet her, you experienced her. Her father added that she was so full of life.
“Sarah just danced to the beat of her drum,” he said. “She and her sister, when they went to Wawa, she just sang with all her might, as if she didn’t care who was watching.”
The tragedy is related to an incident late last year when Ingram’s boyfriend was killed. Isaac Rodriguez was attacked on August 9, 2021 along Richmond Hui. According to Mr. Ingram, he had just tried to rent a tuxedo for his brother’s upcoming wedding.
Before her death, Ingram was preparing to become a bridesmaid at her sister’s wedding later this year.
Mr Ingram said his daughter’s prom dress – which she never wore to a prom at Medeabrook High School – is now in the funeral home.
“She never wanted to get rid of it. She said she would get it put on one day, ”he said.
Disseminating awareness of the Rodriguez case, Mr Ingram said his daughter was also overcoming drug abuse.
As they worked together to build a better and closer relationship, Mr Ingram said the duo wanted to possibly renovate a house adjacent to their family home in Chesterfield where they could live together.
“Make sure you tell someone when they leave that you love them,” he said.
“Hug them tighter, because the last thing she told me was, ‘Dad, I’ll be back in a while.’ I know we have business, I’ll be back. And in two hours my world was destroyed. “
A visit to Sarah Ingram’s family and friends will take place on Sunday afternoon from 3pm to 6pm. Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at 1 p.m.