Police: Man driving stolen car dies in Mayo Bridge crash

RICHMOND, Va. -- Police have released the name of the man they say was driving a stolen car when he crashed into a pole on the Mayo Bridge Friday night.

Richmond Police said an officer spotted a vehicle that had been reported stolen on southbound on 14th Street near the Mayo Bridge just before 9:30 p.m.

"The officer activated emergency equipment and attempted a traffic stop but the vehicle sped away onto the bridge," officials said.

Officers said the driver, who was the only person in the car, lost control and hit a traffic light pole at the south end of the bridge.

Police said 39-year-old Keith D. Haines died at the scene.

Haines' uncle said was stunned by the news.

"This morning I got a text from my ex wife telling me that my little nephew was in a car accident and passed away," Jimmy Squire said. "I'm very shocked."

The Richmond Police Department Crash Team is investigating.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crash Team Investigator J. Peterson at 804-646-1511.

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can submit a news tip here.

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