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One dead, three seriously injured after crash in Norfolk

Posted at 2:29 PM, Dec 13, 2015

Norfolk, Va. – Four people were taken to the hospital after their SUV crashed into a concrete wall early Sunday morning.

Norfolk police say the SUV hit the wall around 4:20 a.m. at the intersection of South Military Highway and Sellger Drive.

Once police arrived to the scene, they found the driver and two passengers suffering from serious injuries.

One of the passengers, 23-year-old James E. Baldwin,  was found unconscious at the scene and taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.  Baldwin died from his injuries on December 16.

The driver and a woman who was sitting in the backseat were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The fourth passenger, a 23-year-old woman, fled the scene prior to police arrival but arrived at the hospital a short time later with non-life threatening injuries.

A preliminary investigation revealed that the Ford Expedition was traveling westbound in the 5700 block of Sellger Drive, went through a stop sign and crashed into the concrete wall at the intersection of South Military Highway.

Traffic Fatality Investigators confirm that high speed and alcohol were contributing factors.

The driver, Darius R. Pleasant, was charged with one count of driving under the influence.