Driver in custody after fatal crash in Chester

Chesterfield County

CHESTER Va. (WRIC) — A driver is behind bars after crashing into a tree, killing a passenger and running from the scene, Chesterfield Police said.

According to authorities, three people were inside of the car when the driver crashed into a tree and overturned along the 13100 block of Kingston Avenue.

One of the passengers in the vehicle was ejected and died as a result of those injuries. The second passenger remained with the vehicle.

Here’s how the passenger who survived crash described the experience:

“I thought he was gonna make it, but he ended up not making it,” Cyrus Jones said.

The passenger told 8News the three were coworkers driving to get something to eat. Seconds before the crash, his instincts kicked in.

“Something told me to put my seatbelt on, and when I put my seatbelt on, probably two seconds after that, the car flipped,” he said.

He said they were driving fast. The car drifted down Kingston avenue, hit a tree and flipped over.

“The other passenger, the guy who was in the back seat, flew out the car, and at the time he was breathing but he was unconscious,” Jones said. He recalls the moments before leaving work at all, saying the man who died was hesitant to go at all.

“He didn’t even wanna,” Jones said, “He was gonna stay in the building but he ended up coming with us to the store.”

According to police, the driver ran from the scene. 8News crews saw several police cars along Bermuda Hundred Road potentially searching for the driver.

Around 2:00 p.m., Chesterfield Police said the driver, an adult male, is in custody.

Chesterfield crash
A single crash in Chester claimed the life of one person. (Photo: 8News)

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