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Couple fatally struck by Henrico PD cruiser was waiting for Uber, witnesses say

Posted at 7:06 PM, May 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-07 13:01:29-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- The man and woman struck and killed by a Henrico County Police Officer just left a nearby bar, according to witnesses.

The officer, whose name has not been released, was driving west on Williamsburg Road around 2 a.m. Saturday when he struck two adults walking near Country Style Donuts along the 4300 block.

Two pedestrians were killed in a crash on Williamsburg Road Saturday morning.

Officials said 37-year-old James Alan Joyce Jr. and 36-year-old Mary Oakes Babcock, both from New Kent County, died at the scene.

"The preliminary investigation indicates the pedestrians were walking eastbound in the westbound lane of Williamsburg Road when they were struck," Henrico Police spokesman Lt. Chris Garrett said. "Both were wearing dark clothing and the roadway was not illuminated."

Witnesses said the couple were waiting for an Uber after the bar closed and arguing prior to the crash.

Pam Maybush, who works at Country Style Donuts located just feet from the crash scene, pulled into work and saw the aftermath.

"The cop car was down at the other end all wrecked up," she described. "The bumper was falling off, the hood was buckled and there was blood all in the street."

Pam Maybush drove into work Saturday and saw a gruesome crash scene on Williamsburg Road.

Police are looking for another vehicle believed to be involved in this crash, but didn't release a description.

The officer was not injured.

Residents said Williamsburg Road is dangerous to walk along at night.

"They really need to do something about the darkness and add some street lights or sidewalks," Maybush said.

Police closed that section of Williamsburg Road while the Crash Team investigated.

Anyone with information that could help investigators is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at

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