Police: 1 killed, 2 hurt after car crashes into water off I-64

Alcohol and speed are considered factors in the crash

WAVY/LaVoy Harrell

Correction: State police initially said a backseat passenger was taken to the hospital in critical condition, and the driver and front seat passenger sustained minor injuries. Police now say the front seat passenger was killed in crash, and the two other occupants sustained major injuries.


CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – One person was killed and two others were injured Thursday morning after a car crashed into water off Interstate 64 in Chesapeake.

10 On Your Side confirmed with military officials that all three are Marines.

Virginia State Police Sgt. Michelle Anaya tells WAVY.com the crash happened around 3 a.m. near the interchange of I-64 and Interstate 464.

The car was traveling west on I-64 when it overturned on its side and crashed into 4-foot deep water.

A passerby who witnessed the accident flagged down troopers, Anaya says.

Photos: State police investigate crash off I-64 in Chesapeake

Two troopers dove into the water and helped the driver and backseat passenger escape the car, and tried to get the front seat passenger out.

Anaya says a Chesapeake Fire Department crew responded to the scene and helped get the occupants out of the car.

The driver, 19-year-old Robert Stites, and backseat driver sustained major, but non life-threatening injuries. The front seat passenger died as a result of the crash, according to Anaya.

Charges are pending in the crash, and Anaya tells WAVY.com the Commonwealth’s Attorney went to the scene Wednesday morning. Police are working to notify the killed passenger’s next of kin.

State police say alcohol and speed were factors in the crash.