Police: Elderly man killed in Norfolk crash may have suffered medical emergency


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Police say an 86-year-old man died after he may have had some kind of medical emergency before crashing into a car at a Norfolk intersection Thursday afternoon.

Norfolk police said in a news release officers responded to the 3800 block of Colley Avenue around 11:40 a.m., where they found the man seriously injured.

The man, who was identified as Wille Smith, was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital where he later died.

Police said a preliminary investigation found Smith was driving a Honda sedan northbound on Colley when he crashed into the back of a Toyota Prius stopped at a stoplight.

This collision pushed the prius into a Chevrolet Silverado that was also stopped at the intersection.

Colley was closed in both directions between 38th and 35th streets while officers investigated the crash.

Credit: WAVY/Chris Omahen

Police believe Smith suffered a medical emergency before the crash. The medical examiner’s office is working to determine his cause of death.

Speed and alcohol are not considered factors in the crash, police said.

The drivers of the Prius and Silverado were not injured in the crash. Two passengers in their vehicles sustained non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

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