A Hampton man turned himself in after police spent more than two weeks looking for him on charges stemming from a February fatal crash on Interstate 64.
Kalik Kydarial Newsome, 23, turned himself in to the Hampton City Jail in the evening on Oct. 2, according to state police. He was held without bond.
Newsome was indicted by a Hampton grand jury Sept. 8 for involuntary manslaughter, felony eluding police and DUI second offense in connection with a single-vehicle crash that killed 22-year-old Robert Lee Ham II, of Newport News.
He has a hearing scheduled for Tuesday morning, according to online court records.
In a news release, police said a state trooper noticed a Honda Civic traveling eastbound on Interstate 64 at a “high rate of speed” without headlights around 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 7.
The trooper turned on his lights and sirens to try to pull the car over, but instead, the car accelerated — reaching speeds over 100 mph.
Police said when the car crashed on Interstate 64 near the Mallory Street exit, Newsome was thrown from the vehicle and seriously injured. Ham was found dead inside the car.
State police initially reported Ham was the driver, later saying that’s what Newsome told them in his statement. Nearly seven months later, police said after speaking with witnesses and finding additional evidence, they believe Newsome was the driver.
Members of Ham’s family told a Daily Press reporter the men were friends and coworkers.
Ham’s mother, Venus Ham, said many of her son’s friends still come visit the family to check on how they’re doing. She said she never heard anything from Newsome after the crash.
“I had thought that they were good friends, but after seeing how Kalik has handled the situation since, I think it would break my brother’s heart,” said Ashley Ham, Robert Ham’s sister.
Jessica Nolte, 757-247-4513, firstname.lastname@example.org
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