Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Victim Identified in Fatal Chamberlayne Avenue Crash

April 13, 2016

The Richmond Police Department is investigating a fatal single-vehicle crash that occurred yesterday evening in the 2000 block of Chamberlayne Avenue.

At approximately 6:08 p.m., a Ford Expedition SUV traveling southbound on Chamberlayne Avenue crossed the median and oncoming lanes of traffic before breaking through the wall of a building. The driver, Richard T. Cunningham, 43, of the 5200 of Castlewood Road in Chesterfield County, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Richmond Fire Department crew removed the vehicle from the building due to structural concerns, then stabilized the damaged wall. No one was inside the building at the time of the crash.

The RPD Crash Team responded to the scene, where they took measurements and interviewed witnesses. Two blocks of Chamberlayne Avenue were closed to traffic for about two hours.

Detectives ask anyone with any information to call Crash Team Sergeant Scott Jones at 646-1369 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also submit a tip online at or text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.