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Man fleeing police dies in two-car crash

by Audrey Thomasson

A high-speed police vehicle chase through Lancaster County Saturday night ended in the death of a 45-year-old driver fleeing police and serious injuries to another after their two cars collided.

David Wayne Walton of West Point, formerly of Lancaster, was killed after his 1998 Honda Accord struck a 2016 Acura TLX sedan at Courthouse and Mary Ball roads. Walton died at the scene, reported Sgt. Keeli L. Hill, Virginia State Police (VSP) public information officer.  

Walton was stopped at a police checking point at approximately 9:36 p.m. on Pinckardsville Road, according to Lancaster County Sheriff Patrick McCranie. While a deputy checked the status of Walton’s suspended license, he sped from the checking point, turning west on Mary Ball Road. Law enforcement pursued, clocking him at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour in a posted 35 mph zone.

Walton entered the intersection and struck the Acura sedan head-on as it attempted to turn left from Courthouse onto Mary Ball, reported Hill.

“The deputy slowed down due to traffic near the high school, but arrived at the scene in time to see Walton’s vehicle rolling,” said Sheriff McCranie.

The driver of the Acura, Jan White Harvey, 61, of Lancaster was flown to VCU Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries.

Alcohol is considered as a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation by the VSP with the assistance of their accident reconstruction team.

posted 12.06.2017

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