Hanover County

Henrico man charged in I-295 crash involving state police cruiser

State trooper treated for minor injuries

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) -- Virginia State Police say one of their troopers was injured in a crash on Interstate 295 north in Hanover County Monday morning. 

The trooper, identified as Trooper J.R. Ward, was responding to a single-vehicle crash on I-295 near Exit 38 after a pickup truck ran off the road and into a ditch. With his patrol car's lights activated, Trooper Ward waited for the wrecker to arrive at the scene on the left shoulder of the interstate. 

A 2005 Infiniti SUV "ran off the left side of the interstate" while traveling north on I-295 and hit Trooper Ward's vehicle from behind, according to a release from Virginia State Police.

The impact of the crash forced the SUV to spin and strike the patrol car again. The crash also caused the patrol car to spin around the shoulder of the interstate.    

Markeveis L. Barksdale, the driver of the SUV, has been charged for driving on a suspended license and for having defective equipment on his vehicle.

The defective equipment charge came after an investigation revealed Barksdale's tires' poor condition led him to hydroplane and lose control of his vehicle.  

According to VSP spokesperson Corinne Geller, Trooper Ward was treated for minor injuries. Barksdale refused treatment at the scene and the driver of the pickup truck, involved in the single-vehicle crash, was not injured. 

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. 


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