Swoope man dies after pursuit leads to crash

Virginia State police say Ronald A. Colvin, 87, died at the scene.
Published: Feb. 26, 2021 at 12:48 PM EST
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A Swoope man has died, after Augusta County Deputies say he crashed after a police pursuit late last night.

At around 10:52 p.m. on Thursday, investigators say an Augusta County Deputy was driving on Route 254, when he saw a 993 Lincoln Town Car speeding behind him. The deputy used a radar and discovered the driver was traveling at 75 miles per hour.

Investigators say the driver began to tail the deputy, who was driving a marked car. The driver allegedly passed the deputy, crossed a double-yellow line, and got to a speed of 85 miles per hour. They say the deputy turned on his sirens and attempted to pull the driver over, when a pursuit started, reaching speeds of 80-100 miles per hour onto Little Calf Pasture Highway.

The Sheriff’s Office says the driver lost control when it hit a curve near the 100 block of Craig Street in Craigsville. The car hit a ditch and utility pole, coming to a stop. The deputy discovered the driver was severely injured and trapped.

The driver was identified as Ronald A. Colvin, 87 and died at the scene. Investigators say the pursuit lasted around 8 minutes.

Augusta County Sheriff Donald Smith said in a release, “our condolences go out to Mr. Colvin’s family and friends, we are still investigating the events that led to this deadly crash, and we are deeply saddened by the tragic outcome”.

The incident is still under investigation.

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