2017-07-19 / News Briefs



Two people killed in wrong-way crash

Two people have died as a result of a three-vehicle crash that occurred on July 12.

The crash occurred at approximately 8:55 p.m. on Interstate 95 northbound, one mile north of exit 61 in Chesterfield. An investigation by Virginia State Police revealed that a 2012 Hyundai Elantra was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes when it struck a barrier wall, going airborne, then striking a 2007 Kia Sorrento head-on. The Kia then struck a 2007 Toyota Camry that was traveling northbound.

The driver of the Hyundai, Wilber Lee Jr., 75, of Midlothian, died at the scene. The driver of the Kia, Herbert L. Ross, 56, of Richmond, was transported to VCU Medical Center, where he died. The driver of the Toyota, Keith A. Sheppard, 54, of Disputanta, was not injured. It appears that Lee suffered from a cognitive disorder.

All drivers were wearing seatbelts, and there were no passengers in any of the vehicles. The crash remains under investigation.

Sheriff’s Office releases inmate by mistake

The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a man who was inadvertently released from the Chesterfield County Jail on July 12.

Law enforcement is seeking Mathew Chambliss Coleman, 35, known to have resided in Richmond, Petersburg and Hopewell. Coleman was brought to the Chesterfield jail from the Richmond Justice Center on July 12 after being released on his own recognizance on charges there. He was later released on his own recognizance from the Chesterfield jail on two Chesterfield charges. Coleman has outstanding Petersburg charges, and was supposed to be held without bond.

The Sheriff’s Office has obtained a warrant for Coleman, and is actively engaged in trying to locate him. Anyone with information on Coleman’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 748-1490 or Crime Solvers at 748-0860.


In a story in last week’s issue, “Salisbury neighbors head to court,” we reported that a petition circulating in support of Sara Capelli states that Capelli had served on the board of directors at the Salisbury Country Club. According to the country club, Capelli has not served as a member of the board of directors.

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