2 women killed in head-on crash during pursuit on I-95 in Greensville County, State police say


GREENSVILLE, Va. (WAVY) — Two people are dead after a police pursuit Tuesday night ended in a head-on crash on Interstate 95 in Greensville County.

State police said the Virginia State Police Crash Reconstruction Team was called to the crash on I-95 northbound at mile-marker 16 around 9:10 p.m. Tuesday.

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The Emporia Police Department had been in pursuit of a 2018 BMW S550i with New York plates on I-95 when police say the driver, 30-year-old Richmond resident Jermaine Ricardo Bernard, made a U-turn and traveled southbound in the northbound lanes.

He then struck a 2011 Lincoln with Connecticut plates head-on, and both Bernard and his female passenger were ejected from the car.

The female passenger was killed and Bernard was flown to the Medical College of Virginia with life-threatening injuries.

Police identified the passenger Thursday as 26-year-old Meloney McCormmock.

The passenger in the Lincoln, 36-year-old Melissa R. Dorsett, of New London, Connecticut, was also killed in the crash. The 36-year-old male driver of the Lincoln was seriously hurt and flown to MCV after first being taken to Emporia Hospital. He is from New London as well, police say.

State police are investigating the crash and said as of Wednesday morning the reason for the pursuit and the speeds in the pursuit were unknown.

Emporia PD was handling pursuit aspect and related charges.

The reconstruction team was still on scene as of 10:45 p.m. Tuesday. VDOT said on Twitter that all north lanes were closed as of 10 p.m. The traffic backup was about 1.5 miles at that time.

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