Police ID 2 killed in Henrico crash; driver arrested after fleeing on foot

Rena Chhay and Debrah Renee (Source: Facebook)
Rena Chhay and Debrah Renee (Source: Facebook)
Published: Feb. 9, 2018 at 4:30 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 12, 2018 at 9:33 AM EST
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Police work the scene of a fatal crash Thursday night. (Source: NBC12)
Police work the scene of a fatal crash Thursday night. (Source: NBC12)
Lewis Irvin Price. (Source: Henrico Police)
Lewis Irvin Price. (Source: Henrico Police)

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Two people were killed in a crash after a vehicle failed to stop for a traffic violation Thursday night.

After fleeing from police on Hungary Road just before 7 p.m., the vehicle hit another vehicle at N. Lakefront Drive, ran off the road and through a fence before hitting another vehicle parked in a driveway.

According to police, Debra Renee Eckhart, 25, and Rena Chhay, 27, were killed in the crash. Both were passengers in the fleeing vehicle, which was driven by Lewis Irvin Price.

Price was charged with hit-and-run and eluding. He is currently being held in the Henrico County Jail.

"I heard the siren coming from Staples Mill," said Bob Barritt. "The first thing that came around the road here was a car, running probably 85, and behind him was a police car, several hundred yards back."

The suspect floored it down the stretch, colliding with an SUV. The driver of the SUV suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspect then crashed through both sides of a fence into Nancy Anderson's parked car.

"It was terrifying. It was shocking," said Anderson. "They t-boned it there, but the rear end of his car was in the side of mine."

The two passengers were killed, but the suspect fled on foot.

"I saw the flash of someone in the backyard," said Anderson.

Price was apprehended shortly after.

Rena Chhay and Debra Eckhart are both from Henrico. Rena graduated J.R. Tucker High and was a well-known mechanic in the area.

Rena's family says his nickname was "Panda" because he was a gentle soul. They have set up an online donation for funeral costs.

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