NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — One person died and another was injured after a van crashed into multiple parked cars Thursday morning in the Ghent area of Norfolk.
Norfolk Police said in a news release officers responded to a crash with injuries at the intersection of Granby and 9th streets, just off Monticello Avenue, around 5:45 a.m.
Responding officers found a white van and four other vehicles with extensive damage.
Two people were taken to the hospital Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. One person died and the other suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said. The deceased has been identified as 25-year-old Dequan Leary, of Virginia Beach.
“Obviously it’s unfortunate since somebody lost their life in the matter,” said Jordan Penn, who works nearby. “It’s a little, you know, concerning because you know, people park their cars on this street and things like that. You never know what might happen.”
A preliminary investigation found the van was going southbound on Granby when the driver lost control and struck four unoccupied cars parked along the street. The van came to a stop at Granby and 11th streets.
Police spent the morning on the street.
“They had all of this, both ways, blocked off, so I had to come down by that new Exxon 7-11 and come down Princess Anne, turn on Monticello, and then come down through the construction on 11th street, so it was pretty hectic,” said Penn. “I did see them taking a lot of pictures. I guess trying to document, you know the scene and everything. A lot of people have been pulling up to this point, I guess just trying to see what’s been going on.”
One of the vehicles damaged on Granby was a Chesapeake Pest Control truck. The company said in a Facebook post the truck was parked along Granby, and the tech was inside his home nearby when the crash happened.