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Man injured in Midlothian Turnpike crash, dies

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA (WWBT) -- Virginia State Police have just confirmed that one of the victims of a crash following a high speed chase, has died.

This happened Friday night on Midlothian Turnpike near Moorefield Park Drive.

Troopers say 23-year-old, Karon Porter, hit several cars before crashing. One of those victims: 73 year old George M. Van Orden of Midlothian, has died from his injuries.

NBC12 spoke to the general manager at the dealership who heard the wreck. 

"It's a once in a lifetime event and it's scary," said General Manager, Barry Moore. 

Moore never imagined the crash would end right outside his store - putting a community on alert and backing up traffic for hours. 

Troopers say it all started after 6:00 p.m. Friday on Powhite Parkway. They tried pulling over Karon Porter for an equipment violation. Police say he never stopped and instead sped off west down Midlothian.

"Just stupidity - that's all that is - no regard for anything," said Donald Flaherty who works at a car wash nearby. "No safety at all. He didn't care obviously." 

Troopers say Porter hit three cars before crashing near Moorefield Park Drive in front of Moore's dealership.  

"It was a big bang," said Moore. "It is what you think it is when you have a 5,500 pound vehicle make impact with a car, it's loud."  

Porter now faces 15 charges. Among them are: felony eluding police, hit and run, and driving under the influence.  

"It could have also gone into our building which is scary because we had about 10 or 15 people in the showroom," said Moore.  

Witnesses say the driver crossed several lanes of Midlothian Turnpike, hit the curb in front of Moore's business, got out of his SUV and ran.

Moore says Porter ran around his building and even approached one of his customers getting in her car. 

"It's scary," Moore added. "The person thought fast, locked the doors and started her car."    

Moore says he had to lock his doors and secure the scene until police found Porter in a neighborhood nearby.  

"The value of life from certain people obviously in that kind of an impact - they could have just pulled over like they're supposed to do but that's why we have police I guess and they do a great job," Moore noted.  

Virginia State Police says Porter is being held without bond. He's scheduled to be in Chesterfield County Court on Monday.

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