Tuesday, October 4, 2022

One dead following fiery crash on I-64 in James City County

(WYDaily file)

State authorities are investigating the circumstances surrounding a crash on Interstate 64 in James City County that killed one person Thursday night.

Virginia State Police said it happened in the eastbound lanes at mile marker 243 at around 6:32 p.m.

An initial investigation indicated the driver of a 2016 Nissan Versa was traveling at a high rate of speed in the left lane before running off the roadway and striking the guardrail, police said.

The driver lost control of the car after striking the guardrail, causing the vehicle to cross over all lanes of travel.

The car then ran off the roadway and struck a tree – where the car caught on fire.

The driver died upon impact, police said.

“Identification and notification of the fatal driver has not been made due to the vehicle being fully engulfed,” police said in a news release. “Positive identification of the driver will have to be made by the medical examiner’s office.”

Police said at some point during the crash, the Nissan lost a tire which traveled through the wood line and struck a  2012 Honda CRV that was traveling westbound on Route 143. The driver was not injured but the vehicle was damaged and had to be towed from the scene.

John Mangalonzohttp://wydaily.com
John Mangalonzo (john@localdailymedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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