Driver in fatal Midtown Tunnel crash arrested

Posted at 1:15 PM, Jun 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-27 13:16:31-04

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Investigators with the Portsmouth Police Department Strategic Traffic Unit have charged and arrested a Suffolk man in connection with a crash that left a man dead in April.

Demonta M Johnson

According to police, the crash, which happened at the Midtown Tunnel, took place April 24. As 18-year-old Demonta M. Johnson fled from the Chesapeake Police Department in a sedan, he struck 41-year-old Kevin Joyner, who was in traffic on his motorcycle.

Joyner died at the scene.

Two co-defendants were arrested following the crash, but Johnson eluded arrest, getting picked up in another vehicle.

Johnson faces charges of felony homicide, felony eluding, felony hit and run causing death and felony hit-and-run causing property damage.

He is currently being held in the Chesapeake City Jail on these charges and other related charges.

On December 11, the Chesapeake General District Court certified his case to the grand jury on the charge of eluding police – endanger.

His charges of abduct by force/intimidation (two counts), drive without a license, expired registration and operate a vehicle with exp. rejection were nolle prossed.

Johnson is still facing charges in Portsmouth for murder: non capital felony, felony elude and two counts of felony hit-and-run.

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