RICHMOND, Va. — A woman is dead and a man is in critical condition after a crash involving a Richmond Police vehicle Thursday night.
Around 10:40 p.m., two Richmond Police officers were on their way to a burglary call happening on Clarkson Road. The officers' vehicle and a Buick sedan collided at the intersection of Bells and Castlewood Roads, according to police.
The 19-year-old woman, who was the passenger in the Buick, was ejected from the car, and the 18-year-old man who was driving the Buick, has life-threatening injuries.
Both were taken to a hospital, but police said the woman was pronounced dead by the time they got to the ER.
Police said they waiting to release the victims' identities until their family has been notified.
The two officers, identified as Officer Richard Johnson and Officer Daquan Walker, suffered injuries that are not considered life-threatening, and were transported to a hospital for treatment.
Richmond Police Chief Gerald Smith said Officer Johnson was driving. One of the officers has a traumatic brain injury.
The officers were responding to a "Code 1 Burglary in Progress," which Smith said gives them authorization to use blue lights and sirens. Both vehicles reportedly entered the intersection before colliding.
Smith said they do not believe the Buick had any connection to the burglary.
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney released the following statement about the crash:
“It was heart-wrenching to learn last night that a family has lost a loved one while another life hangs in the balance. We ask that Richmonders keep the families of those involved in this deadly accident in their thoughts and prayers, as well as the two officers who were injured.”
The crash is under investigation by the RPD Special Operations Division Crash Team. Anyone with information regarding this collision can contact Detective W. Kress by calling 804-646-0280.
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