Too Fast Driver Killed When He Struck Working Snowplow on Virginia I-284

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Too Fast Driver Killed When He Struck Working Snowplow

CHESAPEAKE, VA. –   Police constantly issue warnings for motorists to stay at home and if venturing out, to go slow.  Perhaps they ought to add “don’t run into snowplows”.

A Portsmouth man who was traveling too fast on an interstate highway for the conditions, struck a working snowplow from behind and was killed.

Sgt. Michelle Anaya of the Virginia State Police reported that the crash took place on February 17, 2015, at approximately 9:38 pm on I-264 westbound to northbound 664, in the City of Chesapeake.

A Caterpillar Motorgrader (operated equipment not motor vehicle), was attempting to plow snow on the shoulder, when a 2000 Honda Accord struck it from behind.

The Honda Accord, driven by Keith Lamont Shearrin, was traveling westbound in the left lane, impacted the Caterpillar Motorgrader from behind, spun around and struck a guardrail.

Keith Lamont Shearrin, 40, of the 300 block of Beechdale Road, Portsmouth, VA, suffered life threatening injuries and died at the scene.  Shearrin was wearing his safety belt at the time of the accident and alcohol was not a factor in the accident. Notification to his family members was made this morning.

The operator of the Caterpillar Motorgrader, Donald France, of the 1700 block of London Bridge Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia, was not injured.

The Virginia State Police crash team was called to the scene, and the investigation is continuing.

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