HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Virginia State Police released the name of the man struck and killed on Interstate 95 in Henrico, as well as new details in the confrontation leading up to the crash.
Police say Joe L. Crumel was killed on Tuesday evening after a lengthy exchange with a trooper which began on the shoulder, crossed to the median and into the opposite travel lanes.
Trooper J.T. Fear pulled over to assist the 58-year-old Richmond man around 7:49 p.m. Tuesday just south of the Parham Road exit. Crumel was standing outside his car, taking a bicycle and other items from his trunk when Trooper Fear walked up. Crumel threw the bike down and began to walk away from the trooper, ignoring his calls to come back, according to State Police.
Instead, police say Crumel walked in and out of the travel lanes for a quarter of a mile, then cross the interstate to the median strip. Trooper Fear tried to talk to him, but police say Crumel grabbed his flashlight, then began yelling and threatened the trooper.
Trooper Fear used pepper spray and tried to get his flashlight back, but State Police say Crumel threw the flashlight into traffic and then climbed over the guardrail onto the shoulder of the southbound travel lanes. When Crumel walked backwards into the travel lane, still yelling at the trooper, he was struck by a southbound vehicle, according to police. He died at the scene.
Neither Trooper Fear nor the driver of the car which struck Crumel were injured.