UPDATE: An occupant in a vehicle that crashed into water near White Oak Road and East Williamsburg Road on February 3 has died. 15-year-old Amanda Irby of Sandston passed away Wednesday, February 5 at VCU Medical Center as a result of the injuries she sustained from the crash.
At this time no additional charges have been placed. However, Crash Team Officers are working with the Commonwealths Attorney's Office to determine if additional charges will be brought as a result of this death.
HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC)—Two people are in critical condition and a man is in custody after a late-night police pursuit ended with a vehicle overturning into the Chickahominy River in Henrico County's East End.
Andrew Taylor Walters, 23, was arrested and charged with 2nd Offense Drive while Operator's License is Suspended, Felony Disregard the Signal of a Law Enforcement Officer to Stop (Eluding) and Providing False Information to a Law Enforcement Officer.
Walters is being held at the Henrico County Jail under no bond In addition, Walters is also being held on an unrelated Misdemeanor Assault Warrant from Hanover County.
At 9:57 p.m. on Feb. 3, a Henrico Police officer pulled over a vehicle that was being driven erratically near the intersection of East Williamsburg Road and Elko Road. Walters and two female passengers were inside. During the traffic stop, the driver suddenly put the car in drive and fled at a high speed. Officers were unsuccessful in their attempts to catch up to and locate the vehicle.
At 10:32 p.m., the Henrico County Division of Fire responded to the intersection of East Williamsburg Road and White Oak Road for a report of a vehicle crash. Crews discovered that a car had gone off the road and overturned into the Chickahominy River. It took 20 minutes for specialty service fire vehicles to pull the car from the water and back onto the road. The car was soon identified as the one police had been chasing earlier in the evening.
One female was removed from the car at 11:01 p.m. and was en route to VCU Medical Center by 11:05. The second female was removed from the vehicle at 11:17 p.m. and was en route to the hospital at 11:19. Both were in cardiac arrest at the time they were removed from the car, and had to be resuscitated and regained a pulse.
Walters was thought to still be in the water, and the Henrico Fire Dive Team performed a search for several hours. The search was called off at 3 a.m. on Tuesday, and he was located by the Henrico County Police Division a short time later about a mile from the crash site.
The two females, one adult and one child, who were occupants in the vehicle at the time of crash are listed in Critical Condition at VCU Medical Center. Their names and identities are being withheld.
The Henrico Police Crash Team continues its investigation of this crash and asks anyone that may have witnessed the crash, to call Henrico Police at 804-501-5000 or Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.
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