Passenger killed after vehicle goes down embankment, lands on I-295

Investigators spent hours on the scene collecting evidence on this deadly wreck
The Chesterfield County Police Department is investigating a crash that left one person dead on I-295 in Chesterfield Thursday morning.
Published: Aug. 11, 2022 at 11:29 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 15, 2022 at 10:42 AM EDT
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CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WWBT) - The Chesterfield County Police Department is investigating a crash that left one person dead on I-295 in Chesterfield Thursday morning.

According to police, at around 10 a.m. Aug. 11, a 2020 Toyota Tundra towing a utility trailer was traveling on Meadowville Road when the driver attempted to pass a 2015 Freightliner on a double-yellow line.

“Upon doing so, there was a vehicle in the oncoming lane,” said Sgt. Stephan Rouze with the Chesterfield County Police Department. “The pickup truck had to cut back in front of the Freightliner.”

As it merged, the Tundra’s trailer clipped the Freightliner, causing the Tundra to go over the guardrail and down an embankment before landing on its roof in the southbound lanes of I-295.

Police say a passenger in the Tundra was pronounced dead at the scene, and the driver was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The passenger was identified Monday, Aug. 15 as 54-year-old Kenneth L. Piggee of Petersburg. As of Monday, the driver was still in the hospital.

At one point, the crash closed down all southbound lanes of I-295, with several emergency crews from Chesterfield and Virginia State Police assisting.

Meadowville Road, which passes over I-295, was also closed down for some time as investigators collected evidence to piece together the events leading up to the fatal crash.

Chesterfield Police said one person died and another was seriously hurt after a pickup truck...
Chesterfield Police said one person died and another was seriously hurt after a pickup truck went over a guardrail and landed on I-295.(Source;NBC12 | NBC12)

“The officers on scene are taking measurements; they’re looking at the overall scene trying to figure out the mechanics of the crash, figure out what exactly transpired leading up to the death of the passenger in the Tundra,” said Sgt. Rouze. “We take photograph images. We use drone images, video, all sorts of facets to reconstruct the events of the crash.”

Anyone with information or tips to share with Chesterfield Police should contact the department at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660 or through the P3 app.

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