Police: Driver involved in domestic-related incident before fatal Henrico crash identified

Henrico County

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Henrico Police said Wednesday that a driver killed in a single-vehicle crash in the area of Interstate-64 west was involved in a domestic dispute hours before the fiery collision.

According to police, 53-year-old Christopher Mburu was involved in a domestic-related incident in the 2300 block of Fon Du Lac Road around 8 a.m. Police responded to the location for a “victim with trauma.” That victim was taken to the hospital in critical condition and is now considered stable.

An hour later, around 9:15 a.m., police said a vehicle crashed into the woods on I-64 west at MM 177 near the exit to I-295. Police closed off a portion of the interstate and traffic was backed up after the crash.

Police said both incidents were related, adding the victim of the single-vehicle crash was involved in the earlier domestic dispute. Police did not disclose further details on the domestic-related incident.

Danny Plaugher says he saw the police presence from inside his home and captured police swarming his street with his cell phone.

“I saw the police running down and given everything that happens with shootings and everything, I locked the door. I was worried for my own family,” said Plaugher, a neighbor. “I saw about a dozen cop cars. We saw multiple ambulances come and get somebody out of the house and firetrucks and it was just a very chaotic scene. They closed the street off.”

Police did not say how the victim was injured. Plaugher told 8News he is saddened about how the events of Wednesday morning unfolded.

“I hope our community rallies around the wife when she comes home because she’s going to be dealing with a lot of grief on multiple levels,” Plaugher added.

John Bengel, who lives next door to the pair, told 8News he saw the couple daily. Bengel described the couple as a kind and hard-working family.

“I’m just distraught about whats happened,” Bengel said. “It’s just kind of like ‘this wouldn’t happen in a neighborhood much less next door to you.”

An investigation remains active.

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