Driver charged with second degree murder in Powhatan pursuit

Driver charged with second degree murder in Powhatan pursuit
Thomas Rutledge, Jr. (Source: Facebook - Kimberly Kay Rutledge)
Thomas Rutledge, Jr. (Source: Facebook - Kimberly Kay Rutledge)

POWHATAN, VA (WWBT) - The driver of the SUV has been charged with second degree murder, grand larceny and felony eluding a police officer, after killing one person and injuring another in a police pursuit that ended in a crash in Powhatan, according to State Police.

Troopers were responding to reports of an SUV driving recklessly in the Cumberland Courthouse area. A trooper saw the vehicle going 79 mph in a 35 mph zone and tried to pull the driver over. Instead, police say the driver sped off and led them on a pursuit into Powhatan.

As the driver was heading east on Route 60, it made a quick lane change and hit a car stopped at the intersection of routes 60 and 522, according to State Police. Two people in the stopped car were taken by helicopter VCU Medical Center for serious injuries. One of the victims died from their injuries, according to State Police.

The victim was identified as 73-year-old Thomas R. Rutledge, Jr.

The driver of the SUV, 18-year-old Andre T. Eanes, was not injured and taken into custody. He has been charged with reckless driving.

"My dad was the one that passed away today from a person that decided to flee from police," said Kimberly Kay Rutledge in a Facebook post. "My dad passed once he got to the hospital..my step mom is in critical condition..please say prayers for my family..God knows with the anger I have in me right now I need them."

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