VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A man arrested in connection to a DUI crash that seriously injured two others died at the hospital in the custody of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office early Thursday morning.
The cause of death was blunt force trauma to the chest sustained during the crash, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Norfolk. His name is being withheld pending next-of-kin notification.
According to the sheriff’s office, the 66-year-old man from Virginia Beach was arrested following the crash on Pacific Avenue Wednesday morning. Two people in a second vehicle, an adult and a child, suffered serious but non life-threatening injuries, the sheriff’s office says.
Following the crash, the man was cleared at a local hospital before being taken to the Virginia Beach Correctional Center, where he was charged with one misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated (second offense within 5-10 years).
The sheriff’s office says he was then taken into their custody shortly after 5 p.m. and was screened by the jail’s medical staff.
Later Wednesday evening at 11:15 p.m., jail staff noticed he was in need of additional medical care and he was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. The sheriff’s office says despite life-saving efforts, he was pronounced dead at 4:30 a.m. Thursday.
The death is under investigation by the Virginia Beach Police Department and the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office Professional Standards Office. The death has also been reported to the Virginia Department of Corrections.
The sheriff’s office says no foul play is suspected.