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Crime and police news for Tuesday, June 18

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Woman charged in crash that killed brother

CHESTERFIELD One person was fatally injured and two others were hospitalized as a result of a single-vehicle crash on Woodpecker Road in Chesterfield County on Sunday.

The victim’s sister, identified as the driver of the vehicle, was later charged.

Chesterfield police said the crash occurred about 4:30 p.m. when a vehicle went off Woodpecker Road in the 9300 block and struck a tree.

Police said one of the two passengers, Christopher Cashion, 51, of the 10000 block of Taylor Road, died at VCU Medical Center.

The driver and other passenger were hospitalized in stable condition Monday, also at VCU Medical Center, Lt. David Higgins said.

Police said Monday they charged the driver, Vada J. Cashion, 49, of the 12600 block of Lodore Road in Amelia, with reckless driving. She is Christopher Cashion’s sister.

Higgins said investigators think speed may have been a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.

Victim of fatal car crash in Chesterfield identified

CHESTERFIELD Chesterfield County police on Monday identified the man who died in a single-vehicle crash early Sunday morning.

Police said Christopher L. Leavell, 22, of the 19200 block of Church Road, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 1 a.m. crash near Sandy Ford Road and North Rhodes Lane.

Police said Leavell was driving on North Rhodes Lane when his vehicle crossed Sandy Ford Road, struck a tree and caught fire. Chesterfield Fire & EMS crews extinguished the fire.

Two passengers in the vehicle were transported to Southside Regional Medical Center with injuries that authorities said were not life-threatening.

The crash remained under investigation Monday.

Police ID victim killed in St. Peter Street shooting

RICHMOND A man fatally shot early Saturday was identified Monday by Richmond police as a 22-year-old resident of the 1700 block of Clarkson Road.

Darvis M. McLaughlin was found shot to death after Richmond police were called to the 1200 block of St. Peter Street about 5 a.m., officials said.

Curtis L. Finley has been charged with murder and use of a firearm by a felon, police said.

Anyone with information may call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the keyword “ITip” followed by your tip. Both methods are anonymous.

Man hospitalized after shooting in Gilpin Court

RICHMOND A man suffered life-threatening injuries in a shooting Monday afternoon in the Gilpin Court public housing complex, police said.

Officers were called at 3:19 p.m. to the 1100 block of North First Street. The victim, described as a black man in his 20s, ran about 60 yards after he was shot and then collapsed, Richmond police spokesman Gene Lepley said. He was taken to VCU Medical Center.

Several onlookers declined to comment or said they did not see anything. Lepley said investigators will look into whether the shooting might be connected to a homicide in Gilpin Court over the weekend.

Police ask that anyone with information contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

From staff and wire reports


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