HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - Virginia State Police have confirmed Friday's deadly crash on Interstate 295 in Hanover is connected to the killings of a woman and young girl in Chesterfield reported hours earlier, and that the suspect is among the dead.
Wendell E. Hayman, 65 of Kansas City, KS and Ethel D. Ellis, 66, of Washington, D.C., both died at the scene of the crash. Two other people, Cynthia Robinson, 55, and John C. White, 66, were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The suspect in the double homicide, Stafford Shaw, also died at the scene.
Shortly before 3 p.m., Chesterfield County Police requested State Police's assistance with pulling over Shaw, who was traveling on I-295 northbound around the 37 mile marker.
Shaw's Chevrolet Corvette sped away at a high rate of speed after a state trooper activated his lights. Within seconds, the Corvette ran off the left shoulder, went through the grassy median and struck a Chevrolet Malibu head-on that was traveling south on I-295 in the left lane. The Malibu then spun around, striking a Nissan Sentra in the southbound lanes. As the Nissan spun around, it was then struck by a Lincoln MKZ, also traveling in the southbound.
Shaw, who was the only person inside the Corvette, died at the scene.
Hayman, the driver of the Chevrolet Malibu, and passenger Ellis both died at the scene.
Robinson, the driver of the Nissan, was transported to MCV. White, the driver of Lincoln, was transported to Memorial Regional. Both have non-life threatening injuries.