VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A deadly motorcycle crash in Virginia Beach Sunday night followed an earlier pursuit, Virginia State Police confirmed Monday.
Virginia State Police attempted to stop a motorcycle that was traveling at speeds over 100 mph on I-264 in Virginia Beach.
The driver refused to pull over, and troopers lost sight of the motorcycle once the driver exited the interstate at S. Independence Boulevard.
According Virginia State Police, troopers did not pursue the motorcycle due to high speeds in city limits and because there was no visual of the motorcycle or the suspect.
Information provided by Virginia Beach Police said the motorcyclist was seen going in between vehicles while traveling southbound on Rosemont Road just before 6:30 p.m. He crossed the center line and went through a red light at the intersection of South Plaza Trail, when he was struck by a vehicle that had the right of way, according to VBPD.
A Virginia State Police trooper was in the area monitoring the situation and saw the crashed motorcycle at the intersection. The trooper called for EMS and began life saving measures until emergency crews arrived.
The motorcyclist, 29-year-old Justin Artis of Virginia Beach, died at the hospital from his injuries.
The crash is still under investigation and police say the other driver stayed at the scene. Anyone with information is asked to contact the VBPD Special Operations Bureau at 757-385-4606 or anonymously through Crime Solvers at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
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