DINWIDDIE, VA—One person is dead after being ejected from a vehicle that police say evaded a Dinwiddie County traffic stop, engaged officers in a high-speed chase and crashed into a tree Tuesday evening.
Darius Cox, 20, of Petersburg, was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. Cox, a rear-seat passenger in the vehicle, was not wearing his seat belt, according to police.
Police say the wreck happened when a vehicle sped though a traffic stop and engaged officers in a high-speed pursuit.
Jamal Hall, 24, of Petersburg, was driving on Route 40 near Route 665 when he approached a traffic stop conducted by Dinwiddie County Sheriff's Office.
Virginia State Police say Hall ignored deputies who verbally directed and motioned him to stop and instead sped through the stop.
Hall then engaged deputies on a high-speed chase that exeeded speeds of 80 mph. The pursuit lasted approximately five minutes and traveled approximately four miles.
Police say Hall lost control of the vehicle and ran off the right side of Double Branch Road, struck and embankment and then struck a tree.
Hall suffered serious life threatening injuries and was flown by med-flight to VCU Medical Center.
The front seat passenger suffered serious non-life threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to Southside Regional Medical Center.
Police said none of the occupants were wearing their seat belts.
Charges are pending against the driver by both the Virginia State Police and Dinwiddie County Sheriff's Office.
The crash remains under investigation by state police with the assistance of the Virginia State Police Accident Reconstruction Team.
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