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Police ID Richmond driver killed in I-95 ramp fall

Posted at 11:49 AM, Jul 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-16 14:22:03-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia State Police identified the driver of a car who died after running off the ramp at Interstate 95 and Maury Street in South Richmond.

Tyrone J. Lewis, 28, of Richmond, died at the scene of the crash, according to police.

Lewis, according to police, was fleeing from officers when he crashed.

"[A] trooper observed a Ford Fusion traveling 85 mph in a posted 60 mph zone and attempted to initiate a traffic stop," a Virginia State Police spokesperson wrote in an email about the afternoon incident which began near I- 95 and Chippenham Parkway. "The Fusion immediately fled when the trooper activated emergency equipment."

Lewis drove about six miles north on I-95 when he ran off the road at the ramp to Maury Street, according to police.

"The vehicle fell approximately 25 feet and overturned several times," police said. "The driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle."

The investigation is ongoing.

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