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Passenger killed, driver severely injured in Virginia Beach interstate crash

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Posted at 7:12 AM, Jul 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-11 23:16:41-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The Virginia State Police is investigating a single-vehicle crash that left the vehicle's driver severely injured and a passenger dead early Sunday morning.

According to police, the crash happened at about 1:28 a.m. on I-264 West near Independence Boulevard.

According to the investigation, the driver, 23-year-old Leevonte Akeem Mullen, was traveling at a high rate of speed. He attempted to get off the Independence Boulevard exit, when the vehicle ran off the roadway, overturned, and struck a tree.

Mullen was taken to the hospital with serious, life-threatening injuries, and the passenger, 25-year-old Akili Roosevett McGruder, died upon impact due to their injuries.

Police say both were wearing their seatbelts. Alcohol and speed are reported to play a contributing factor.

The Virginia State Reconstruction Team responded to investigate the crash. Two lanes of I-264 West were closed during the investigation and have since reopened.

Charges are currently pending at this time.