Man dies after crashing into snow removal equipment on I-264 in Chesapeake

Posted at 10:27 PM, Feb 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-23 19:41:53-05

Chesapeake, Va. - One man was killed after he crashed into a motor grader plowing snow on the I-264 West exit ramp to I-664 last Monday.

Keith Lamont Shearrin, 39, died at the scene of the crash.

Shearrin was traveling westbound in the left lane when he struck the motor grader from behind, spun around and struck a guardrail, according to Virginia State Police.

The Portsmouth resident was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash. Neither speed, alcohol, nor following too closely were factors in the crash.

The driver of the motor grader was not injured.

State Police continue to investigate the accident.

CaptureShearrin's family says since the accident, they've been waiting for answers about how the accident took place.

"We want answers but no one was speaking... trying to get in contact, we couldn't get any," says Keith's brother, Anthony.

Anthony says Keith knew about to drive on snow and ice. In fact, he says Keith was a professional truck driver and had been one for more than a decade.

"He was an experienced driver. No problems, no accidents, nothing," Anthony says.

NewsChannel 3 contacted State Police to try and get answers for the Shearrin family.

State Police now say Shearrin was not at fault. The driver of the motor grader was at fault and could face charges. The driver had backed the piece of equipment into the lane Shearrin was traveling in.

"It's a relief. A huge relief," his family says. "He was well loved and he's going to be very much missed."

Shearrin, who leaves behind a 12-year-old daughter, will be buried on Thursday.

Once the State Police investigation is complete, it will be turned over to the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office to determine whether the equipment driver will be charged.