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Driver killed after crashing into Virginia Beach restaurant clocked at over 100 mph, troopers say

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Posted at 9:52 AM, Apr 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-09 20:29:26-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- A 28-year-old man was killed after crashing his car into Bunker Brewpub underneath Peabody's Nightclub at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront Friday night.

Officials with Virginia State Police said a trooper spotted a Toyota sedan speed by him along I-264 east at First Colonial Road just before 11 p.m.

That trooper tried to stop the driver, whose car was clocked at more than 100 mph, according to officials.

As the driver approached the Oceanfront, the trooper deactivated his emergency equipment, state police officials said.

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However, troopers said the driver continued east. When he neared stopped traffic at the intersection of Pacific Avenue and 21st Street, the car sideswiped several vehicles and then crashed into Peabody's Night Club, according to officials.

The car caught fire, and the driver, who was the only person in the vehicle, died on impact, troopers said.

Officials later identified him as 28-year-old Andy Lee Curry of Virginia Beach.

VB Oceanfront Peabody's crash (April 9)

Troopers: 2 people hit by debris

Three Virginia Beach Police officers who tried to rescue the driver after the crash suffered smoke inhalation, according to troopers.

Two pedestrians were hit by flying debris. One was taken to the hospital. The other refused treatment, officials said.

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Brewpub co-owner: Fire marshal told everyone to evacuate

Tom Wilder, one of the co-owners of Bunker Brewpub, told WTKR that no one inside the pub was injured.

Wilder said the car crashed into the guard rail outside the building's glass garage door. He said the car never came into the building.

Wilder said the fire marshal told everyone to evacuate after the car hit the guardrail, so everyone exited through the back of the restaurant.

The Virginia State Police Crash Reconstruction team was called to the scene to aid in the investigation.

The crash remains under investigation and troopers said "further details will be provided via email once information becomes available."

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can email newstips@wtvr.com to send a tip.

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