Friends say former Freeman Rebel left party before being run over by car in Henrico

Posted at 10:14 PM, Aug 05, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-06 18:56:39-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Police now say a 21-year old fell out of the back of a pickup truck before being struck by a car on Mountain Road in Glen Allen.

Officers have received information that the victim may have fallen into the roadway after he had been sitting in the back of a pick-up truck, prior to being struck by the Nissan Maxima," Henrico Police spokeswoman Capt. Linda Toney said. "Henrico County Police is seeking the public's assistance in identifying and locating the pick-up truck and driver involved in this incident. "

Close friends of Tre'von Mayfield are heartbroken and confused. They want the driver of that pickup truck to come forward and help bring closure to a case that's touched an entire community.

The pain of losing a close friend is still very raw for Jonathan Phillips.

"It still doesn't feel real," Phillips said.  "He was an amazing person. He was kind hearted. He was a great guy. He was someone you wanted to be around. Just always smiling and joking."

But that joy turned into deep sadness following Mayfield's tragic death.

Police said a woman driving a Nissan Maxima along Mountain Road Saturday night ran over the 21-year-old. Detectives found his body lying in the street.

Mayfield died on Tuesday.

His friends said he left a party before the fatal accident, but the circumstances surrounding his death are unclear.

Police now believe Mayfield may have fallen into roadway while riding in the back of a pick-up truck, but they have not elaborated as to why he was in the back of the truck.

Phillips said he doesn't think what happened was intentional.

"I don't know anybody who would've wanted to do that to him. Nobody, I 've met had any type of dislike for him like that,” said Phillips.

Tre’von’s friends have started a Go Fund Me account that aims to raise $5,000 for his funeral expenses.

Henrico police need your help to solve this case. Anyone with information about the pick up truck or the driver, call Crimestoppers at 804-780-1000.

Vigil for former Freeman Rebel 

Yellow and black balloons covered in messages of love for a 2012 Freeman High School graduate, whose life ended at the age of 21, flew high in the school's parking lot Tuesday night.

Tre'von Mayfield died Tuesday at the hospital, days after Henrico Police said he was run over by a car on Mountain Road. Friends and family gathered at a vigil for Mayfield Tuesday night.

"He had been going through a lot of stuff, but always made sure he made everybody else happy," Mayfield's best friend Mackenzie Crow said.

Friends of Mayfield said they are still not sure what exactly happened on Saturday night after a party.


"We don't know who hit him, or what happened per say; you don't know the factors that went into it -- if it was malicious or an accident," friend Jonathan Phillips said.

Mayfield held on for more than two days before losing his fight, leaving friends confused and heartbroken.

"I hope whoever did it is caught and does get in trouble for it cuz Tre didn't deserve it," Crow said.

Friends are hopeful Tre is laughing in heaven with his mom, who died of cancer earlier this year, and reading all of the messages floating his way on balloons the group released into the sky.