Police identified the driver as 41-year-old Phillipe Young of Henrico County. He wasn't the owner of the car but we're told by a tow truck driver he was the owner's mechanic. State police say the driver was among three others racing yesterday on Interstate 295 south near Airport Drive.
This is the 1998 Honda Accord found scattered along Interstate 295 Sunday.
"For 30 years and this is the worst looking vehicle that we have ever come across," said Harry Field, owner of Field's Towing.
Field says the man behind the wheel was a mechanic who just installed a new transmission for the car's owner. Skid marks show where the Young veered off the interstate after losing control during a race with three other drivers at speeds over 100 miles per hour.
"From eyewitness accounts the vehicles were in and out of traffic traveling at high rates of speed, cutting off other drivers," said Virginia State Police Sgt. Thomas Molnar.
The Honda overturned several times before hitting a tree and splitting in two. Field says the front half of the car flew beyond the tree line. The other half was 50 feet away closer to the road. Young wasn't wearing a seat belt but became trapped and later died at VCU Medical Center.
Witnesses say the other drivers were in a white Nissan Maxima, black Hyundai Tiburon and dark Chevy Tahoe. Police hope to find them soon. Drivers like Megan Snowa worry about their own lives being put at risk.
"I have a baby so especially if I was like driving around, I'd be frightened for his life," said Snowa.
"If a person has a need to speed, we have race tracks that are set up for that and all they've got to do is put a few dollars up and have the grudge match." said Field.
If you have information that can help state police, call 553-3445. Meantime, Field says he plans to put the wreckage on display for some local students in hopes of raising awareness about road safety.