Person killed after being ejected in crash at MLK Expressway

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CORRECTION: Virginia State Police initially said the man killed in the crash was Thomas Brett Mark. The man who died was Brett Mark Thompson.


PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A man was killed Friday morning after being ejected from a crash on the Martin Luther King Expressway.

Virginia State Police say a 1990 Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck was speeding on a curve when the driver lost control and hit a jersey wall.

State police dispatchers received a call about the crash around 3 a.m.

The vehicle’s occupant, 29-year-old Brett Mark Thompson, was not wearing a seat belt, and was ejected from the truck.

Police say Thompson hit a VDOT sign and fell over the side of the MLK. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

It is unknown if alcohol played a factor in the crash.

The on-ramp of the MLK westbound at I-264 eastbound was blocked due to the crash, but reopened around 4:30 a.m.

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