Andre Bassette dies after being hit by pickup truck during a police chase’ In Prince George County, a truck driver who was speeding and attempting to elude a police officer struck and killed a 45-year-old Florida man.
Andre Bassette dies after being hit by pickup truck during a police chase
The incident took place at around 11.40 pm on Friday, July 28 when Prince George County police attempted to stop a 1998 Dodge truck that was going over the speed limit on the 5700 block of Oaklawn Boulevard, according to the Virginia police department.
The pickup driver attempted to evade the cops by driving down Oaklawn Boulevard rather than stopping. As the pickup traveled east on Oaklawn Boulevard and then into the City of Hopewell, the officer kept up with it. A few seconds later, at the junction of Oaklawn Boulevard and Ashland Avenue, the driver horribly struck a 2021 Toyota Camry. Camry spun out as a result of the incident and collided into the intersection’s signal light pole. The pickup truck also overturned during the collision as per ABC 8 News.
Who was Andre Bassette?
After the crash, state police said the truck driver ran away from the scene and the Camry driver, who was identified as Andre Bassette of Jacksonville, Florida, was taken to Tri-Cities Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. Despite doctors’ best efforts, the Florida man was pronounced dead in the center a few hours later. State police said he was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
The pick-up driver, who was later identified as 34-year-old Tequan Devon Taylor, was soon arrested by the deputies in the county. Charges against Taylor are currently pending, according to Prince George County Police. The Virginia State Police Crash Reconstruction Team is currently investigating the crash.
Exploring Similar Incident
Bassette’s tragic death came just a few days after another Florida man died following a horrific crash that caused his car to dive into the Manatee River. The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) noted that the incident happened when a sedan travelling south in Manatee County approached a parking lot at 1605 Fort Hamer Road at around 3.04 am on Friday, July 14. The driver failed to negotiate the left curve of the road, which led the sedan to enter the parking lot.
Troopers said the vehicle continued before it crashed into the Manatee River. The driver of the sedan managed to escape the scene but the 18-year-old passenger remained. The Florida man was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials say both men, from Bradenton, were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.