Three vehicles were involved in a fatal crash on Interstate 64 westbound in Norfolk in the early hours of Saturday morning.
I was saddened to read the wreck claimed the life of 39-year-old Shelton Copeland who was attempting to put gas in his disabled Chevrolet Tahoe on the Interstate when it was hit by a minivan.
Virginia State Police reported the accident occurred at about 2 a.m. When the minivan crashed into the Tahoe it overturned in the roadway and was hit by a Chevvy Silverado pickup.
Medics pronounced Mr. Copeland deceased at the scene. The 41-year-old driver of the minivan who is from Norfolk, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, while the driver of the Silverado was treated at the scene, reported WAVY.com.
“The investigation of the accident revealed that Copeland’s Tahoe was partially in the roadway of I-64 westbound, just east of the I-264 interchange, when it was hit,” reported WAVY.com.
State Police charged the minivan driver with driving on a suspended license. She was also charged with driving without insurance and having an expired registration.
Investigators have not disclosed if alcohol was a factor in the crash, reports state. The investigation is continuing.
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