Smithfield man charged in fatal James River Bridge crash

Published 9:38 am Friday, October 7, 2022

A two-vehicle crash on the James River Bridge on Oct. 6 left a Hampton man dead and a Smithfield man charged with reckless driving.

According to Virginia State Police, the driver of a 2002 Hyundai had stopped in the right southbound traffic lane, exited his vehicle and opened its rear, driver’s side door. He was reaching into the back seat when a 2020 Subaru driven by 32-year-old Evan Raycraft of Smithfield struck the Hyundai from behind, killing its driver.

Police were called to the scene at approximately 8:05 p.m., resulting in both southbound lanes of the bridge closing that evening for their investigation.

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Police have identified the Hyundai’s driver as a 58-year-old Hampton man. As of 5:45 a.m. Oct. 7, police were still attempting to notify the man’s next of kin and had not released the victim’s name.

Raycraft and his 15-month-old child were transported to Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News with non-life-threatening injuries. Raycraft was then charged with reckless driving.

According to police, neither speed nor alcohol were factors in the crash.