NKY dad, 3 kids killed in Virginia crash on way home from vacation

Published: Jul. 13, 2021 at 2:49 PM EDT
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NEW KENT COUNTY, Va. (WXIX) - A Northern Kentucky father and his three children were killed in a single-vehicle crash in New Kent County, Virginia on Monday morning.

Virginia State Police say the family was on its way home to Newport from a vacation in Virginia Beach when Anthony Snow, 53, had a medical emergency behind the wheel causing him to swerve off the road on I-64 and hit a pole.

The car then caught fire.

The mother, 34-year-old Ishia Palmisano, was in the front seat and taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Anthony died from his injuries at the scene along with three children: 9-year-old Victor Meyers, 11-year-old Mary Snow and 13-year-old Joseph Snow. The children were all in the backseat of the vehicle.

“I definitely never thought I’d be hearing something like this on a Tuesday morning. It’s definitely something you never want to wake up to. It’s something you never expect,” family friend Faith Norman said.

Palmisano is undergoing surgery in Richmond. Her sister says she is stable.

“They were all around amazing. They were super dedicated and hard-working. Always just the life of the party - it’s just very sad,” Norman said.

Norman grew up in Newport and shared a duplex with Palmisano and her family.

“I completely collapsed to the floor. I never thought anything like that would happen to her and her family so it’s just super heart-wrenching,” she said.

All three children were part of Newport Independent Schools.

District Superintendent Tony Watts issued a statement on Tuesday, saying the entire community is mourning.

“All of us with the Newport Independent Schools are grieving over the horrible loss of life that happened Monday during a tragic automobile accident in Virginia.”

Watts says grief counselors will be available at Newport Intermediate School all this week from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help raise money for a memorial and medical expenses for Palmisano.

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