An expired inspection sticker led to deadly high speed chase, according to court records

Posted at 9:30 PM, Oct 10, 2017

CHESAPEAKE, Va. - The City of Chesapeake is making special arrangements after one of their own was struck and killed on the job.

Trash and recycling will now be picked up on Saturday instead of Friday so that city workers are able to attend George Harris' funeral, according to the city's Twitter page.

A terrible tragedy on October 3 left many people mourning. New court records give insight into what happened a week ago on Johnstown Road in Chesapeake.

Police say 51-year-old George Harris was driving a Chesapeake Waste Management truck when he was hit by 27-year-old Courtney Horan.

Records state police tried to stop Horan for an expired inspection sticker, but he allegedly took them on a chase and reached speeds of over 100 miles an hour.

The records state Horan hit another car, then crashed into the truck and was ejected. They also state that the passenger in Horan's car was trapped inside the car, which went into a ditch and was partially submerged underwater. That man suffered serious injuries, according to police.

Harris was rushed to the hospital but ultimately died from his injuries. His mother tells News 3 he was a hard worker with lots of friends.

"He was an all-around good person. If you asked him to do something and he could, he'd do it," said Annie Harris. "He was doing his job and minding his own business."

Harris leaves behind a wife, a grown daughter and a granddaughter.

Annie Harris said the funeral will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday at the Olive Grove Baptist Church in Norfolk located at 1034 Albert Avenue.


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