VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A Chesapeake man is charged with DUI in connection with a deadly crash on I-264 near Witchduck Road early Sunday morning.
According to Virginia State Police, a 2012 Mazda 3 was stopped in the left lane of westbound I-264 with its hazard lights on, when a 2005 Toyota Tacoma crashed into it from behind. The crash happened around 3:30 a.m.
The driver of the Mazda, 22-year-old Teja Freeman, of Norfolk, died at the scene. She was the only person in the vehicle.
28-year-old Christopher Kita was driving the Tacoma and police charged him with DUI – involuntary manslaughter. Court records show Kita was also charged with DWI in Chesapeake less than one month ago.
“No one will ever know what her potential was because he took all that from her,” said Cynthia Felton, the victim’s neighbor.
She describes Freeman as a kind and loving woman who was close to her family.
“She loved her nephew… they had a special connection.”
Reached over the phone on Monday, Freeman’s grandfather told 10 On Your Side that he isn’t holding a grudge against Kita.
10 On Your Side requested an interview with the suspect from the Virginia Beach Jail, but he declined.