Man arrested in Mississippi, wanted in Boteturt County for fatal accident, evading law enforcement

BOTTURT County, Virginia – A man from Mississippi, who was wanted in Botturt County for murder and evasion by law enforcement, was arrested by U.S. marshals on Tuesday in Gulfport, Mississippi.

Erington Fitzgerald Stanson, 27, has been charged with two counts of in connection with the fatal accident that occurred on February 8 on I-81 in the district of Boteturt, in which one died and two were injured.

Police say speed was a factor in the crash taken into account before the crash, Stenson was driving at 99 miles per hour. When MPs caught how fast he was driving and tried to stop him that day, Stanson didn’t stop and kept driving.

The MP eventually lost the vehicle on the highway, but a few minutes later called 911 and reported the crash, in which investigators later determined that Stenson was involved.

According to U.S. marshals, fleeing from police, Stanson crossed the road and crashed into a tractor that was illegally parked on a ramp, after which his car caught fire.


Authorities say eyewitnesses pulled passengers out of the car as it burned. One of the passengers of the car at the time of the accident, later identified as 28-year-old Gievante Dale Bolton, died at the scene.

Stanson and 33-year-old Ronnie E. Lankins, another passenger who was in the car at the time of the crash, were taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

At the time, the charges were pending while Stanson was in the hospital.

At around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, U.S. marshals arrested Stanson at a home in the Gulfport area.

Authorities say residents initially refused to open the door; however the house was searched and Stanson was found in the garage area.

Authorities said he was taken into custody without any other incidents and taken to Harrison County Jail.

We contacted Virginia State Police for further clarification on what happened after Stanson was hospitalized at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.


See our previous report below:

Virginia State Police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred along I-81 in Botturt County on Tuesday morning.

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