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BREAKING NEWS: Williamsburg man killed in accident near Hampton Roads Center Parkway

36-year-old Williamsburg resident, Brandon Scott Chandler, was killed on March 24 in an accident on I-64 near Hampton Roads Center Parkway (WYDaily/Courtesy of Virginia State Police)

HAMPTON — On Wednesday, March 24 at approximately 9:24 a.m., Virginia State Police arrived to the scene of a two vehicle accident on Interstate 64 eastbound near the Hampton Roads Center Parkway overpass, mile maker 261. There were reports of life-threatening injuries on the scene.

Based on the severity of the accident, the Virginia State Police Reconstruction Team was called in order to assist in the investigation.

The investigation revealed that the driver of a 2009 Nissan Altima, Zariah Darden, a 21-year-old resident of Hampton, was traveling eastbound I-64 in excess of 100mph. Darden attempted to change lanes when she struck a 2013 Toyota Tacoma.

Upon striking the Toyota, her vehicle spun several times before coming to rest against a jersey wall.  The impact of the crash pushed the Toyota off the roadway and into the wooded area, causing the vehicle to strike a tree. Upon striking the jersey wall, Darden exited the vehicle and made an attempt to flee the scene, running down the interstate before being detained by troopers, who were arriving at the scene.

The driver of the Toyota was identified as 36-year-old Williamsburg resident, Brandon Scott Chandler. He suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to Riverside Regional Hospital, where he later died.

Darden was taken to Hampton City Jail where she was charged with the following: reckless driving, DWI-1st offense, hit & run -felony, possession of marijuana, no insurance, and expired registration. She has received no bond.

Further charges are pending upon consultation with the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office.
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