I-664 crash claims the life of Suffolk woman

Published 9:32 am Tuesday, February 20, 2024

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A Monday evening crash on I-664 south of Military Highway (Bowers Hill area) has claimed the life of a Suffolk woman. The crash occurred at approximately 5:57 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 19, when Virginia State Patrol says a 2000 grey Toyota Solara and a 2008 red Pontiac Vibe were traveling southbound when they collided. Both drivers lost control of their vehicles, veering off the roadway and striking the guardrail, causing the Pontiac to overturn. Police say both drivers lost control of their vehicles, veering off the roadway and striking the guardrail, causing the Pontiac to overturn.

VSP says the driver and sole occupant of the Toyota, 19-year-old Lauryn Ni’kole Leonard of Suffolk,¬† died upon impact. The driver and sole occupant of the Pontiac, 18-year-old Elvis Cruz of Portsmouth, sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to an area hospital.

The release said the crash investigation is ongoing, with pending charges.

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State Police are asking potential witnesses who may have observed either vehicle traveling southbound on I-664 before or during the incident to contact state police at (804) 750-8788 or via email at question@vsp.virginia.gov.

Photos provided by Virginia State Patrol