Update: Early morning police pursuit ends with 1 dead on I-81

West Virginia

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (WDVM) — A high-speed police pursuit on Interstate 81 in the early hours of Friday led to one person’s death in Berkeley County, West Virginia.

Sheriff’s deputies said they spotted a car exceeding the speed limit on Route 9 near Hedgesville and pursued it to issue a citation. The driver, instead of pulling off the highway as directed, accelerated to I-81 in the northbound lane.

During the pursuit, police established that the license tag on the car did not match the car. The driver reached speeds exceeding 100 mph as it approached the Maryland state line, police said.

Chief Deputy Sheriff D.S. Wilson said the car was racing toward a tractor-trailer disabled in the highway. “About a third of the Honda was sandwiched under the trailer,” Wilson explained.

CPR was administered but the driver died on the scene, police said. He is identified as 24 year-old Euclides Agramonte. A passenger in the car survived but was life-flighted to an undisclosed hospital. His identity is not released pending notification to next-of-kin.

Berkeley County Sheriff Curtis Keller explained that the car was so badly damaged that as of Friday afternoon, a vehicle identification number could not be discerned.

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