Man wanted in connection to crash that ended in water rescue, left 2 injured

Two men rescued, car pulled from water in Chesterfield overnight

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WWBT) - The Chesterfield Police Department is seeking a man in connection to a car crash that ended in a water rescue Sunday morning.

Officers are searching for Abdul-Malik Lawton, 37, of Richmond, is wanted on DUI with an elevated BAC, DUI maiming and driving on a revoked license.

Authorities say two men were traveling on Iron Bridge Road, near Falling Creek Reservoir, when the car left the roadway, tumbled down an embankment and ended up in the water.

The Chesterfield Police Department is investigating a car crash that ended in water rescue Sunday.
The Chesterfield Police Department is investigating a car crash that ended in water rescue Sunday. (Source: NBC12)

Emergency spill response crews work on the Falling Creek Reservoir Sunday afternoon, just hours after a black BMW was pulled out of the water.

Authorities arrived around 1:50 a.m., blocking off the roadway in the early morning hours of the night as the sedan was fished out of the Reservoir.

“It happens quite frequently here, more frequently than you would expect,” said Jennifer Staten who lived on Iron Bridge Road.

Staten and her family have seen their fair share of drivers coming down Iron Bridge Road and getting into some close calls at the same curve.

“The bridge that people tend to go off of is at the bottom of a hill, at a curve, and more often than not, people are going significantly higher than 45 miles per hour.”

The Statens say they’ve woken up to decimated mailboxes and tire tracks in the yard, but add that that it is most likely the best-case scenario.

“The fact that we’ve had so many trees has kept more cars from going into the [water] because we’ve had people hit mailboxes and trees that slowed their car down before they actually go in,” she said.

Both men were pulled out of the water and taken to a local hospital with serious injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251.

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