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Woman dies after driver fleeing police crashes into car

Posted at 7:03 PM, Aug 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-27 12:43:08-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond police have confirmed the woman critically injured in the crash at Midlothian and Broad Rock Tuesday has succumbed to her injuries. She was identified at Mary E. Smith.

Police said they received several calls around 5:24 p.m., Tuesday, August 25, about a vehicle driving erratically near Midlothian Turnpike. When an officer stopped the SUV around 37th Street, the driver took off when the officer walked away to write a ticket.

Witnesses said they knew it wasn't good after seeing a violent T-bone crash at the intersection of Broad Rock Road and Midlothian Turnpike.

And they said when the SUV involved finally landed, the driver tried to make a run for it, but was cuffed by police. Police identified the driver as Ikieem Kilpatrick, 25, of the 3700 block of Dunston Avenue.

A man fleeing from police smashed into a car at the south side intersection.

"Innocent people getting hurt. It makes me sad,” said Keith Russell, who witnessed the accident. "It’s sad to see it happen when she was an innocent bystander."

"It went up in the air like 35 feet, and so he had to be running 100 to get the SUV that high,” said Allen Levey, who was walking nearby.

Police said they stopped the man at 37th and Larchmont.

"The stop was initiated at 5:22 p.m. for a man driving recklessly,” said Richmond Police spokesman Gene Lepley. “The car stopped. Officers had some interaction, then he took off.”

Police said the man continued his run towards Midlothian, side-swiping a few cars on Midlothian Turnpike.

"I was waiting for the light to go from red to green,” said Veronica Worrell, who said she never saw him coming. "He hit my driver’s side. It was a tan SUV."

Veronica Worrell said she never saw him coming.

Veronica Worrell said she never saw him coming. "He hit my driver’s side. It was a tan SUV."

Police learned a convenience store surveillance camera captured the chase.

"Officers observed him throwing a weapon out the window which has been recovered," said Lepley.

And recovery is something witnesses hope is in the works for the woman injured in the crash.

"I hope she's OK. She was unconscious when they took her out," Levey said.

The driver's SUV flipped into the air, police said.

The driver's SUV flipped into the air, police said.

Three minutes changed half-dozen lives.  "I knew it was a police chase and said, ‘Uh-oh, somebody is in trouble,’" said Russell.

Worrell said a side mirror was ripped off her minivan, a driver-side door was damaged and a tire was left flat.

Police said several other cars were sideswiped by the suspect, and charges are pending against him.

Kilpatrick will be charged with a variety of driving and fire arm related offenses including:

  • Felony Hit and Run
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Felon
  • Possession of a Stolen Firearm
  • Reckless Handling of a Firearm
  • Reckless Driving
  • Operating a Vehicle with a Suspended Operators License

Charges against Kilpatrick are expected to be amended to reflect upon the driver's death.