Sandy blamed for two deaths in Richmond

Published: Oct. 30, 2012 at 11:49 AM EDT|Updated: Nov. 9, 2012 at 12:49 PM EST
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Sandy's impact is being blamed for two deaths in Richmond early Tuesday morning.

The weather created dangerous driving conditions, which may have been a factor in a crash at Mosby and O streets that killed two men.

Investigators believe Michael Overton lost control while trying to make a left hand turn coming off the Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge.  The car slammed into a light pole, which came crashing down into the street just feet away from nearby homes. Police say the car continued and hit two trees.  The impact ejected Overton and a passenger, Keith Fordham.

Overton died at the scene. Fordham was taken to VCU Medical Center, where he passed away.

"I woke up to a loud bang, it sounded like a tractor trailer had crashed," says Tanika Tisdale.  "I went to the back door and I was amazed to see a car just leaning on the tree."

While most of the crash scene was eventually cleared, pieces of it including a first aid kit, are left behind making it a haunting reminder of what happened.

"To the families, the person that had passed, it's terrible, it's terrible news," says Tisdale.

Richmond Police are now investigating.  They're waiting on the results of toxicology tests, but investigators say there are no signs alcohol played a role in this crash.

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