Motorcyclist killed in overnight crash at Downtown Tunnel


PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A motorcyclist was killed overnight Friday after crashing on the Portsmouth side of the Downtown Tunnel.

Virginia State Police say a 2006 Hyundai SUV ran out of gas and stopped in the right lane of the tunnel. A man operating a 2010 Yamaha Victory motorcycle tried to change lanes to avoid the SUV, lost control and was ejected.

State police say the man hit the back of the stopped SUV and died on impact. Troopers were called to the scene just before 1 a.m.

The man was identified as 26-year-old Harold Marcel Olds, of Norfolk. The driver of the SUV, Melvisha Chentea Foster, was charged with improper stopping on the interstate.

Investigators closed the tunnel for several hours while they investigated the crash.

Crews diverted traffic to the Midtown Tunnel and the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge. The tunnel was later reopened.