Hampton University student found dead under Richmond bridge

Posted at 9:39 AM, Jul 05, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-05 16:06:28-04
7th street under bridge (PHOTO: Lamar Person)

7th street under bridge (PHOTO: Lamar Person)

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – A teenager was found dead on 7th Street below the Shockoe Valley Bridge in Richmond early Friday morning, according to Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Thomas Molnar.

Police were called to the area about 2:30 a.m. after they received a call that a man fell from the bridge. Police found the man’s body and later identified him as Christopher Smith, 19, of Bowie, Maryland. Smith was a student at Hampton University.

Christopher A. Smith (Family Photo)

Christopher A. Smith (Family Photo)

Police said their preliminary investigation revealed Smith got into a fight with others in the vehicle. Police said the driver of the vehicle stopped the car and Smith got out. Police said Smith then fell from the bridge.

His body was taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office were a cause of death will be determined.The state police investigation continues.

Shockoe Valley Bridge