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CHESTERFIELD, Va (WTVR) – The man accused of nearly 20 different crimes after a deadly accident on Midlothian Turnpike Friday night now faces his most serious charge in connection to the wreck: second-degree murder.

After consulting with the Chesterfield County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, the Virginia State Police charged 23-year-old Karon Porter with felony homicide, which is considered murder in the second degree.

Police said Friday evening Porter sped away from troopers attempting to pull him over for an equipment violation.  Porter then side swiped two vehicles, ran a red light and smashed into a third car at the intersection of Midlothian Turnpike and Moorefield Park Drive in Chesterfield, investigators said.

The driver of the third car, 73-year old George Van Orden of Midlothian, died at VCU Medical Center on Saturday night, according to police.

State Police charged Porter with felony homicide on Monday morning. Under Virginia code, felony homicide is defined as “the killing of one accidentally, contrary to the intention of the parties, while in the prosecution of some felonious act” other than second degree murder.

If convicted on the homicide charge alone, Porter could face up to 40 years in prison.  He is charged with 17 different felonies and misdemeanors in connection to the crash as well. READ MORE


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