I-81 police chase, fatal crash under investigation

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A man is dead and a second person has serious injuries after a Friday morning crash on I-81.

Berkeley County Sheriff Curtis Keller said a chase began on Route 9 near Martinsburg. A deputy saw a vehicle speeding off of I-91 onto Route 9 west. The deputy tried to stop the vehicle in the parking lot of Lust Gentleman’s Club.

After the deputy turned on their lights, the driver took off and got onto I-81 southbound. He later got off another exit and re-entered the northbound lanes toward Maryland.

At around 1 am, the driver crashed into the back of a tractor trailer just south of the Potomac River bridge. The tractor trailer’s driver was not injured.

The driver, identified by Sheriff Keller as 24 year-old Euclides Agramonte, was pronounced dead on scene. A 20 year old male was taken to Berkeley Medical Center before being airlifted to another hospital.

The crash closed the northbound lanes until around 5 Friday morning.