Man pinned in Norfolk crash dies

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Norfolk Police say a man died in a crash along Wesleyan Drive Tuesday night after he was pinned between two vehicles.

The crash happened in the 1500 block of Wesleyan Drive just after 9 p.m., according to Karen Parker-Chesson with the Norfolk Police Department. Medics responded to the scene.

Police say a Dodge Stratus was traveling south when the driver stopped the vehicle in traffic. The passenger got out of the vehicle to put items in the trunk when a Mazda CX-7 traveling in the same lane collided with the Stratus, pinning 33-year-old James Wilson of Chesapeake between both vehicles.

Dr. Eric Jones said he knew something was wrong when he saw cars stopped in the middle of the busy street.

“I was coming up the road to turn into the neighborhood, and I saw all these people on the side of the road and they were yelling and screaming, and I saw there was an accident,” Jones said. “There was a woman, she was leaning over somebody, going, ‘Don’t leave me, baby, you’re going to be all right.'”

Jones said he tried to help the victim.

“He was lying there. I checked him, he had a pulse, he was still breathing at that point. He wasn’t responding. It was a strong pulse and he was breathing,” Jones said.

Wilson was transported to Sentara Leigh Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9:38 p.m.

Norfolk Police told WAVY.com around 10 p.m. Tuesday there was a fatality, but around 11 p.m. said that wasn’t the case. Another correction was made at 7 a.m. Wednesday when news of Wilson’s passing was released.

Daniel Hudson with the Norfolk Police Department said women were driving both vehicles involved and both were taken to local hospitals with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. Additionally, an infant passenger in the Stratus was taken to the Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters with non-life threatening injuries.

The woman and child in the car that was hit have both been released from the hospital.

The police department’s Auto Fatality Team is investigating.

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