23-year-old Varinder Chahal ran a red light just after midnight on the morning of Wednesday February 21st in downtown Richmond, Virginia. In doing so his Mazda 6 collided with a Toyota Yaris carrying two Virginia Commonwealth University students.
The driver of the Yaris was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. The passenger, 19-year-old Carolina Perez of Virginia Beach was also taken to the hospital and later dies of injuries sustained in the crash. Neither Chahal nor any of the four passenger in his vehicle were hurt in the crash.
According to witnesses, after striking the Toyota, Chahal’s car spun around and struck a building. Richmond police arrived on the scene moments later.
Chahal declined to submit to a blood or breath test. He was arrested on suspicion of DUI and has also been charged with felony manslaughter.