Police: Two men involved in multi-vehicle crash in Petersburg have been arrested

Published: Jun. 29, 2020 at 8:10 PM EDT
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PETERSBURG, Va. (WWBT) - Police say two men have been arrested for their involvement in a multi-vehicle crash in Petersburg that killed a mother and daughter.

On June 27, at 10:26 a.m., a Prince George County police officer noticed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed northbound on Interstate 295 near the 3-mile marker.

Police say radar picked up a burgundy Jeep Grand Cherokee traveling at 115 miles per hour in a 70 mile per hour zone.

According to police, the jeep exited off exit 3B from Interstate 295, heading westbound on County Drive into Petersburg.

As officers were trying to catch up to the vehicle, police said the jeep crashed head-on into two vehicles traveling eastbound on County Drive.

42-year-old Christi Jarratt and her 25-year-old daughter, Kaitlyn, were identified as the victims. Both women were from Dinwiddie, and a friend of Kaitlyn confirms that the 25-year-old was pregnant at the time she was killed.

“You really can’t explain what you think when you see something like that,” said Chris Hall.

He lives a few yards from where the crash happened, snapping a photo of the scene, before realizing he knew the victims.

Prince George County Police says the chase began when officers spotted a Jeep driven by 29-year-old Da’Ryel Harris speeding on I-295 North.

Officers pursued the Jeep into the westbound lanes of County Drive in Petersburg and saw it collide head-on with two cars in the opposite lanes.

“Being in a chase, coming down this road, as you can see - this traffic is horrible. It was ridiculous. They probably turned something that was so petty and so small that could’ve been handled another way into ruining multiple people’s lives,” Hall said.

Petersburg Police arrested Harris and his passenger, 42-year-old Jerron Franklin. Harris is facing five separate charges including two for manslaughter. Franklin is looking at drugs and weapons charges.

Since then, friends and family of the victims have been remembering them on social media. One friend of Kaitlyn even started a crowdfunding page to help with funeral expenses, while friends like Hall says he’s reaching out to the now-widowed husband and father.

“I just sent him a message, sent him my condolences, told him I’m sorry. There’s not a lot you can say to somebody when they’re going through something like that,” he added.

The crowdfunding page for funeral expenses can be found here.

A total of three vehicles were involved in the crash.

Police say Harris has been charged with:

  • Two counts of manslaughter
  • Felony eluding
  • Driving without a valid license
  • Reckless driving

Police say Franklin has been charged with possession of a concealed weapon and possession of marijuana.

Anyone with information on this incident should contact the Petersburg/Dinwiddie Crime Solvers at 804-861-1212.

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