NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Virginia State Police said a man from Portsmouth died from crash-related injuries after he lost control of his motorcycle in Newport News Wednesday morning.
Around 1:30 a.m., a trooper on I-664 in Suffolk saw 28-year-old Andrew Baker driving 89 MPH in a 60 MPH zone. He was in the northbound lanes near the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel.
The trooper pulled Baker over on the shoulder of the bridge-tunnel. Police said as the trooper stepped out of his patrol car to approach the motorcycle, Baker took off.
A high-speed pursuit through the tunnel followed. Police said when Baker got through the tube, he tried to take the exit for Terminal Avenue at a high speed, lost control of the bike, hit the jersey wall, and was ejected.
Medics took Baker, who was wearing a helmet, to Riverside Regional Medical Center. He did not survive.