2 dead, 6 injured after crash on James City County-Williamsburg line

JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — A three vehicle crash at the intersection of Monticello Avenue and Ironbound Road killed two people and injured six Friday night.

Virginia State Police say a Dodge Avenger was speeding while traveling west on Monticello Avenue when it entered the intersection at Ironbound Road and hit a Toyota Sienna van in the side. The van was traveling south on Ironbound Road at the time of the crash. This caused one of the vehicles to then strike a Mercedes-Benz, which was also heading southbound on Ironbound.

The driver of the Avenger, 40-year-old Leon W. Cowles Jr., of Williamsburg, died at the scene. An eight-year-old and 10-year-old — both passengers — were transported to Riverside Regional Hospital in Newport News with serious but non life-threatening injuries. The juveniles were wearing seat belts, but Cowles was not.

The driver of the Toyota van, 58-year-old Hamed Kamel Juma, also of Williamsburg, died at the scene. His wife and two children were transported to Riverside Regional Hospital with serious injuries. Everyone in the Toyota was wearing seat belts.

The driver of the Mercedes, a 62-year-old Williamsburg man, was also taken to the hospital for serious but non life-threatening injuries.

Before the crash, state police say that the Dodge Avenger had fled from a Williamsburg police officer, who had tried to pull the driver over in relation to an earlier incident.

State police are investigating this crash.

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