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Troopers: Motorcyclist topped 100 mph before being fatally ejected in Henrico

Motorcycle ran red light before colliding with pickup, state police say
Posted at 11:01 PM, Sep 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-28 09:22:14-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- A motorcyclist was fatally ejected during a chase that topped speeds of 100 mph and shut down Route 301 in Henrico County for hours Sunday afternoon, according to officials with Virginia State Police.

Police later identified the motorcyclist as Dionte L. Williams, 28, of North Chesterfield.

A state police spokesperson said a trooper spotted a Honda motorcycle missing a license plate take the eastbound I-64 exit for I-95 north just before 3:10 p.m.

"The trooper pulled in behind the motorcycle to initiate a traffic stop near the 81 mile marker on I-95, " a state police spokesperson said. "But when the trooper activated his emergency lights and sirens, the motorcycle sped off and a pursuit was initiated."

Troopers said Williams exited the interstate via the Chamberlayne Avenue exit and headed north on Route 301, topping speeds in excess of 100 mph.

"The motorcycle ran through a red light at Route 301 and Wilkinson Road; and then attempted to do the same at the intersection of Route 301 and Diane Lane when it collided with a pickup truck," troopers said. "The Nissan Titan pickup had the green light on Diane Lane and was in the process of making a left turn onto Route 301."

Williams, who was wearing a helmet, died at the scene after being ejected, according to state police.

His remains were taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for "autopsy, examination and positive identification," officials said.

Officials said the man driving the pickup truck, who was wearing a seat belt, was not hurt.

State police said their investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Route 301 was closed for about four hours, but all lanes had reopened and the scene was clear as of 7 p.m.

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