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Two Fatalities in Single-Vehicle Crash on Pocahontas Trail

(Courtesy of James City County Police Department)

JAMES CITY COUNTY— Around  2:20 a.m. on May 16 James City County Police and Fire Departments responded to a single-vehicle crash on Pocahontas Trail near Howard Drive and Jackson Street.

According to police, when emergency responders arrived, they located a severely damaged black 2007 Acura TSX that overturned and struck a utility pole with live power lines lying in the roadway. Additionally, propane tanks in the vicinity of the crash sustained damage, causing a hazardous leakage.

Police said based on witness accounts and a preliminary investigation, it is believed that the vehicle was traveling eastbound on Pocahontas Trail at a high rate of speed when it exited the roadway and struck the utility pole.

Police say the male driver, identified as 18-year-old Dimas Juarez Jacobo, was unresponsive in the driver’s seat and pronounced deceased on the scene by James City County Medics. A deceased male passenger, identified as 18-year-old Ulises Fuentes Jordan, was ejected from and became entrapped under the vehicle. Both individuals were James City County residents, and next of kin have been notified.

A report from police explain initial findings indicate that speed contributed to this crash, and the passenger was not believed to have worn a seatbelt. Alcohol impairment may have also contributed to this crash. As a result of the incident, both lanes of Pocahontas Trail were shut down and will remain closed until repairs are completed. 

Officials say Dominion Power arrived and is working to restore the scene, and the Virginia Department of Transportation assisted in traffic control.

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