MIDLOTHIAN, Va - A City of Richmond resident facing more than a dozen charges following a fatal crash on Midlothian Turnpike Friday has now been charged with felony homicide.
At approximately 6:40 p.m., Mar. 29, troopers motioned to the driver of a 2002 GMC SUV to stop and pull over for an equipment violation on southbound Route 76, Powhite Parkway at the toll booth prior to the Route 60 Exit to Midlothian Turnpike.
As troopers attempted to motion the driver to pull over, the driver, beleived to be 23-year-old Karon M. Porter of Richmond, drove away at a high rate of speed. The troopers lost sight of the suspect vehicle but located the vehicle a short time later after it sideswiped two vehicles and struck a third vehicle near the intersection of Route 60 and Moorefield Park Drive.
After striking the third vehicle, the suspect fled from the scene on foot and attempted to carjack a female driver of another vehicle in a nearby business. The female victim, who was inside her vehicle, was not injured and was able to drive away.
A short time later, the suspect driver, Karon M. Porter, was taken into custody without further incident by the Chesterfield County Police Department.
Porter suffered minor injuries from the crash and was transported to Johnston Willis Hospital.
The driver of the third vehicle, 73-year-old George M. Van Orden suffered serious injuries and passed away Saturday night. A passenger in the third vehicle was also seriously injured.
The occupants in the other two vehicles were not injured.
Karon M. Porter, 23, of Richmond faces 15 charges, including felony and misdemeanor eluding police, obstruction of justice, attempted carjacking; two counts of maiming of another while driving under the influence, felony hit and run; two counts of misdemeanor hit and run; driving under the influence, refusal to submit to a blood or breath test, driving while suspended, disregarding a traffic light, defective equipment, and failure to wear his safety belt.
Porter remains in jail without bond after his arraignment Monday morning in the Chesterfield County General District Court.
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