RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Police say a man fleeing a traffic stop led authorities on a high speed chase before crashing into another vehicle, severely injuring the other driver.
Investigators say officers first tried pulling over an SUV on 37th and Larchmont for reckless driving at 5:21 p.m. The vehicle did stop, and a police officer interacted with the driver briefly before the driver allegedly sped off in his vehicle down Midlothian Turnpike.
"He was skidding all over the place," said eyewitness, Keith Russell.
The SUV sideswiped several vehicles along the way, including Veronica Worrell's.
"The mirror's gone, but just thank God I'm still alive," said Worrell.
The driver didn't get much farther, crashing into another car at the intersection of West Broad Rock Road at 5:24 p.m., according to police. Witnesses tell NBC12 the SUV went airborne before landing on its roof in the middle of the road.
"It was up in the air about 35 feet," said eyewitness, Allen Lebey.
The driver of the other car was taken to VCU Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. The suspect got out of the overturned SUV and tried to run, but police say they quickly apprehended him. He was also taken to the hospital to be treated for his injuries.
Lebey said he rushed over to the victim's car and tried to help.
"The guy in the house him and I were trying to talk to her keep her aware of what was going on," said Lebey. "I hope she survives. She was unconscious when they took her out of there."
Richmond Police say the suspect threw a weapon from the SUV during the chase, which has since been recovered.
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