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Authorities identify person killed in Chesapeake police pursuit that ended in fiery crash

Virginia State Police identified the man killed in the crash as 18-year-old Jahsani Jean-Baptiste of Chesapeake.

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — A person was killed in a crash early Sunday after one driver led Chesapeake police officers on a pursuit. Authorities are still looking for the driver.

On Wednesday, Virginia State Police identified the man killed in the crash as 18-year-old Jahsani Jean-Baptiste of Chesapeake.

One of the officers from the Chesapeake Police Department said he was watching over the area where Interstate 64 and 464 splits off. That's when he saw a 2016 Chrysler 200 speeding with no headlights on.

The officer believed the driver could have been under the influence and initiated a traffic stop. The driver of the Chrysler initially complied and pulled over.

However, when the officer attempted to walk up to the car, the driver sped off -- going eastbound on I-64. The Chesapeake police officer then began pursuing the fleeing driver. 

Once the car got to the split of I-64 and I-264, traffic was stopped for a crash that Virginia State Police was actively working on involving a 2005 Honda Accord and a 2013 Toyota Scion.

According to a State Police spokesperson, the Chrysler ran into the back of the Honda, which then struck the Toyota. The impact caused the Honda to catch fire and become fully engulfed. 

Jean-Baptiste, the driver of the Honda, died at the scene. The two occupants of the Toyota sustained minor injuries.

After the crash, the driver of the Chrysler got out of the car and ran into the woods on foot. Chesapeake's K-9 unit searched the area, trying to find the driver of the Chrysler.

Officers have not provided a description of the driver at this time. VSP is currently investigating the incident.

If you know anything about this incident, please call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.