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Trucker who fell off Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel had numerous drugs in system


A truck driver who lost his life after crashing off of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel earlier this year was driving with numerous types of drugs and alcohol in his system, according to a recently released toxicology report.

CBBT Crash Claims Two Lives

The fatal crash happened during stormy weather on July 27, 2018. Authorities said that 32 year old truck driver Jervone Rakeem Hall and passenger Christopher Fenner, 29, were traveling southbound on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel near mile marker 12 when their truck collided with a van, sending the semi truck crashing into the bay below.

Both Fenner and Hall died in the crash.

The four people in the van suffered only minor injuries.

Toxicology Report Finds That Drug And Alcohol Use Contributed To Crash

For months, the cause of the crash remained unclear — until a toxicology report was released by the Department of Forensic Science laboratory in Norfolk a few weeks ago.

From the report:

“Another contributing factor to the crash was found to be that Mr. Hall was under the influence of multiple narcotics and had a BAC of 0.062 which for driving a commercial vehicle is over the legal limit.”

Substances found in Hall’s system include:

  • Cocaine
  • Benzoylecgonine
  • Methamphetamine
  • Amphetamine
  • Ephedrine/pseudoephedrine
  • THC

The report also stated that medical examiners found a pouch containing syringes, a white powder, and a lighter, in Hall’s pocket during the autopsy.

Police say that heavy rain and Hall following too closely also contributed to the double fatality crash.

Since the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel opened in 1964, 15 vehicles have fallen off of the bridge, resulting 18 fatalities.


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