BERRYVILLE — An Augusta woman died near here in a Friday night wreck that wasn’t discovered for nearly 12 hours.

The baby with her survived.

Karen A. Nugent, 30, was pronounced dead on Triple J Road, just a 10th of a mile north of Senseny Road in Clarke County. Cork Street in Winchester turns into Senseny Road and Triple J Road dead ends into it about 6 miles east of I-81.

Virginia State Police said Nugent’s southbound 2008 Dodge Caliber hit a fence as she approached the intersection with Senseny Road.

The baby boy with her in the SUV was taken to Winchester Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries, police said. A police news release did not indicate the relationship between Nugent and the child.

Police said the crash occurred at about 7:30 p.m. Friday, but it was not discovered until shortly after 7 a.m. Saturday. No explanation was given for the delay.

Authorities are not ruling out a medical emergency as a cause for the accident. Nugent was wearing a seatbelt and the baby was properly ensconced in a child seat.

Nugent’s body was sent to the medical examiner in Manassas for autopsy.

The crash remains under investigation by Trooper D. Gray.

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