Williamsburg man killed in crash on eastbound I-64 in Hampton; other driver charged with driving while intoxicated

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HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — A crash on Interstate 64 in Hampton claimed the life of a 36-year-old Williamsburg man Wednesday morning.

Virginia State Police identified the driver who died as Brandon Scott Chandler.

The driver of the vehicle police say caused the crash, 21-year-old Zariah Leanna Darden of Hampton, has been charged with reckless driving, driving while intoxicated first offense, felony hit-and-run, possession of marijuana, no insurance, and expired registration.

The crash shut down all eastbound lanes near Hampton Roads Center Parkway for several hours on Wednesday.

The crash was first reported around 9:30 a.m. at mile marker 261.6 and crews were still at the scene as of 1 p.m. The interstate eventually reopened around 1:20 p.m.

Police said initial investigation revealed Darden was allegedly driving over 100 mph in a 2009 Nisson Altima on I-64 and attempted to change lanes, hitting a red 2013 Toyota Tacoma.

When she struck the truck, her vehicle spun out several times and came to rest against the jersey wall.

The impact of the crash caused the Toyota to leave the roadway and enter a wooded area and strike a tree.

When her vehicle came to a stop, Darden allegedly attempted to flee the scene and ran down the interstate. She was detained by troopers who arrived on scene.

The driver of the Toyota, Chandler, was taken to Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, where he later died from his injuries.

Darden was taken to Hampton City Jail. She is being held without bond.

Further charges may be pending upon consultation with the Hampton Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, police said.

Backups were about 4.5 miles just before noon. A detour was in place at exit 258B at J. Clyde Morris Boulevard.

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