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Pick-up truck driver arrested for deadly Thanksgiving crash

Posted at 1:36 PM, Dec 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-04 16:17:03-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- The pick-up truck driver accused of running a red light and killing two people in a Thanksgiving night crash was arrested Thursday in North Carolina.

Ryann Daniels, 25, of Aylett, Virginia, was charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection to the deaths of Karen Murphy and Kevin Hancock.

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Ryann Daniels

Daniels' truck collided with Murphy and Hancock's SUV at the intersection of Brookland Park Boulevard and Chamberlayne Avenue on Thursday, November 26, according to police.

Daniels, according to police, ran the red light.

“It is always tragic losing a loved one, but especially on a holiday centered on time spent with family. We want to send the victims’ families our sincerest condolences during this difficult time,” Richmond Police Chief Gerald Smith said in an emailed statement. “Our crash team investigators have been working diligently to apprehend the suspect.”

Daniels, who was injured in the crash, was arrested one week after the crash by deputies in Currituck County.

"At approximately 1:30 p.m., the deputies responded to a report of the wanted subject at a residence. As the deputies approached the residence, Daniels fled on foot into a wooded area on the backside of the property. A K-9 unit, accompanied by several deputies, tracked Daniels and took him into custody," a Richmond Police spokesperson wrote in an email.

Daniels was being held at the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office detention center on a $500,000 bond.

Police have not said whether drugs or alcohol factored into the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.