State Police investigate fatal crash after vehicle catches fire on Interstate 85 in Brunswick County

Posted at 5:00 PM, Oct 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-04 16:31:39-05

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, Va. - State Police are investigating a fatal crash on southbound Interstate 85.

State Police say on Sunday around 9:52 a.m., they were dispatched to investigate a vehicle fire at the 32 mile marker in Brunswick County.

When officials arrived they found a 2015 Nissan Rogue with a New York registration fully engulfed.

According to the preliminary investigations, the Nissan was traveling at a high rate of speed when it ran off the road and struck a tree, causing it to catch fire.

The fire burned the driver and passenger beyond recognition, according to troopers. No other occupants were located in the vehicle.

Police say the bodies have been taken to the Medical Examiner's office in Richmond for positive identification.

On December 4 police provided an update of the occupants found in the burning vehicle. Police have identified the driver as 27-year-old Dudly S. Joseph, of Rosedale, New York and the female passengar as 27-year-old Kikema Johnson, of Rosedale, New York.

Their family have been notified.

This is a developing story.