Darryl Matthews from Suffolk is Killed In Wrong Way Crash on I-664

I was appalled to read about another fatal crash in Chesapeake caused by a wrong way driver.

The three-vehicle crash was reported on Sunday morning. Virginia State Police spokeswoman Michelle Anaya said it resulted in one fatality and an extraction.

The wreck occurred at about 7:50 a.m. on Sunday on Interstate 664, just south of the Portsmouth Boulevard exit, the Daily Press reported.

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Virginia State Police said a 2013 Nissan Altima was traveling in the southbound lanes. The driver crossed the median and ended up in the northbound lanes hitting a 2011 Ford F-150 and a 1995 Lexus GS300 head on.

The Lexus driver was killed on impact, police said. He was later identified as Darryl D. Matthews, 37, from Suffolk.

My deepest condolences go to Mr. Matthews’ family. When you are faced with a wrong way driver heading toward you, you have little time to take evasive action. A head-on collision at a typical interstate speed is often fatal. It’s still unclear what caused the Nissan driver to cross a median.

The driver of the Nissan was trapped in the car and had to be extracted, according to Virginia State Police. The driver was transported to Norfolk General for the treatment of serious life-threatening injuries.

No injuries were reported to the occupants in the Ford F-150. Police said drunk driving was not a cause of the wreck.

This serious wreck closed all I-664 northbound lanes, and one southbound lane for a period on Sunday morning.

There are many questions about this terrible accident. Typically, head-on crashes are rarer on interstates than other major roads, but we have seen instances of drivers crossing medians in recent weeks.

In late 2016, a driver crossed a median on I-264 near Birdneck Road in Virginia Beach. The subsequent wrong way crash killed two people, including the woman’s daughter. Five other motorists were injured in this crash.

You can read more about wrong way collisions here on our website. These kinds of wrecks occur more often than many people think and are often devastating.

If you have lost a loved one in a car crash in Hampton Roads or elsewhere, please contact our experienced wrongful death team at (757) 455-0077.

Jim Hurley

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