Police: West Point man dies in crash after fleeing officer

A West Point man died when his car crashed into another vehicle while eluding police Saturday in Lancaster.

Lancaster Sheriff’s Office deputies and Virginia State Police were conducting a checking detail when a silver 1998 Honda Accord approached them at around 9:36 p.m. Saturday in the westbound lane of Route 3 (Mary Ball Road) near Route 605 (Pinkardsville Road) in Lancaster, according to a state police news release.

The vehicle stopped for a deputy and as the deputy checked the status of the driver’s suspended license, the driver, David Wayne Walton, of West Point, drove off at a high speed, the release states.

The vehicle drove in excess of 90 miles per hour as it entered the intersection of Route 3 (Mary Ball Road) and Route 600 (Courthouse Road) and struck a sedan head on. Walton, 45, died at the scene. The woman who drove the struck sedan, a 61-year-old of Lancaster, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Alcohol is being considered a factor in the crash, the release stated.

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