Two die in I-95 motorcycle crash

From a press release from Virginia State Police

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Two people are dead following a motor vehicle crash on Interstate 95 involving three vehicles that took place Thursday evening.

Shortly before 11:00 p.m., Virginia State Police were called to the scene on Interstate 95 southbound north of Bells Road in South Richmond.

The crash occurred when a 2000 Ford Taurus suffered a mechanical problem and became disabled as it was traveling in the left lane.  The driver attempted to maneuver the vehicle over onto the partial left shoulder, when the vehicle came to rest partially in the left lane of travel. The driver of a 2009 Chevrolet Impala, who was also traveling in the left lane, came to a stop behind the Ford.

A short time after stopping, a 2000 Harley Davidson XL1200C motorcycle struck the rear of the Chevrolet and ejected both occupants off of the motorcycle.  Both of the occupants, who were wearing helmets, died at the scene.  The other drivers were not injured in the crash.

The Virginia State Police Accident Reconstruction Team assisted with the ongoing investigation.  The City of Richmond Police Department assisted with detouring traffic off of Interstate 95 southbound at Maury Street.  The southbound lanes were reopened by 2:45 a.m.

Deceased Driver:  Christopher L. Davidson, 31, 16000 block of Extermill Road, Chesterfield, Va.

Deceased Passenger:  Wendy M. Jones, 38, 1200 block of Choptank Court, Colonial Heights, Va.

Ford Driver: Marquita Y. Spratley, 34, 2000 block of Bassett Street, Hopewell, Va.

Chevrolet Driver:  Shawn M. Whitaker, 38, 400 block of Winston Street, Richmond, Va.

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