Fight inside car traveling on Powhite Parkway ends in man’s death, 2 arrested

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RICHMOND, Va. – Two men have been arrested after police say a fight inside a vehicle traveling on Powhite Parkway ended with one man dead.

Police said the incident happened around 2:16 a.m. on Monday, December 4.

Officers received a call for a fight in progress in the 6300 block of Powhite Parkway just before Chippenham Parkway.

Upon arrival, officers located a vehicle parked in a parking lot adjacent to the toll booth and discovered an unconscious man lying on the ground outside the vehicle.

The victim, identified as 35-year-old Luis G. Gomez-Flores of Petersburg, was transported to a local hospital where died from his injuries.

“It was determined an altercation broke out inside the vehicle causing the driver to pull over,” said a police spokesperson. Police are investigating the incident as a homicide.

Rodrigo Martinez-Mendoza and Javier Rodriguez-Zavala

There is no word what caused the altercation between the three men.

The Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the cause and manner of death.

Rodrigo Martinez-Mendoza, 41, of Petersburg and Javier Rodriguez-Zavala, 22, of North Chesterfield have been arrested and charged with malicious wounding.

Police say additional charges are pending in the case.

Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to call Major Crimes Detective J. Bridges at (804) 646-4494 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at

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