Suspect charged with murder in Chesapeake crash that killed Norfolk man

The suspect has been charged with second-degree murder

WAVY/Andy Fox

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — A city trash truck driver is dead after getting hit head-on Tuesday afternoon by a vehicle driven by a suspect trying to get away from police.

10 On Your Side has confirmed with Chesapeake police the man killed in the crash was 51-year-old George Harris, of Norfolk.

George Harris. Photo courtesy: Velma Denise Filhiol-Griffin

Officers say they tried to pull a man over around 12:35 p.m. near Johnstown and Hanbury Roads for an expired inspection sticker. The suspect, who had a male passenger, took off west down Johnstown.

The chase lasted about three miles before police say the suspect rear-ended a vehicle, lost control and swerved into oncoming traffic. The suspect then hit the Chesapeake Waste Management truck head-on near Johnstown Road and Arthur’s Court.

Police spokeswoman Kelly Elliot said the chase lasted less than one minute.

Both the trash truck and the suspect’s Nissan Sentra, which flipped, landed in a deep ditch. The truck driver, Mr. Harris, died at the hospital several hours after the crash.

The suspect, 27-year-old Courtney Horan, of Norfolk, has been charged with second-degree murder. Police said Wednesday that Horan was wanted out of Pennsylvania for larceny.

“It’s so irresponsible,” Elliot said. “I am not sure what the situation was, but to put other people at risk and jeopardize your safety is awful.”

Horan and his passenger remain at Sentara Norfolk General with serious injuries. No one was hurt in the car that was initially rear-ended.

Police have not commented on what they found inside the suspect’s vehicle.

Andy Fox will have an update to this story on WAVY News 10 at 4 p.m.

The accident remains under investigation.