Thursday, June 13, 2024

Man, juvenile arrested following deadly crash in Newport News. One suspect remains at large, police say

Darrell Pittman (WYDaily Photo/ Courtesy of the NNPD)
Darrell Pittman (WYDaily Photo/ Courtesy of the NNPD)

UPDATE: Darrell Pittman was taken into custody at approximately 12:35 am Saturday, Jan. 26, in Chesapeake, without incident, police said.


NEWPORT NEWS — Police here have arrested an 18-year-old man and a juvenile and are looking for another suspect in connection with a crash that killed a Hampton woman Wednesday.

Chaikim Reynolds of Hampton was booked into jail charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless driving, evading and eluding, operating a vehicle without a license, two counts of failure to obey traffic signal and failure to wear a seatbelt.

A juvenile inside the vehicle police say Reynolds was driving was also arrested and charged with a firearm violation. Two other people were released.

Police are looking for Darrell Pittman, a 20-year-old Newport News man they say was inside the vehicle and have felony warrants.

On Wednesday at 5:45 p.m., police tried to stop the vehicle Reynolds was driving in the area of Boykin Lane and Jefferson Avenue. The 2003 Ford Explorer did not stop, ran two red lights and struck a 2006 Doge Caravan at the intersection of Habersham Drive and Jefferson Avenue, police said.

Officers “initiated the traffic stop” after identifying Pittman as someone having felony warrants, police said.

Chaikim Reynolds (WYDaily/Courtesy of NNPD)
Chaikim Reynolds (WYDaily/Courtesy of NNPD)

Police said there were five people inside the Explorer – after the crash three fled the scene and two were detained by police. Two of those who fled were captured a short time later, Pittman remains at large as of 2 p.m. Thursday.

There were two people inside the Caravan. The passenger, Elizabeth May Verley, 78, of Hampton was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead. The driver of the Caravan was treated at the hospital and released.

Authorities are asking anyone who may know of the whereabouts of Pittman to call the Crime Line at 888-LOCK-U-UP.

The ATF has joined with the Newport News Police in offering a $2,500 reward “for information leading to the arrest” of Pittman. Additionally, the U.S. Marshals Service is offering a reward of “up to $1,000.”

Tipsters are also urged to call the ATF Joint Support Operations Center at 800-800-3885.

Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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