Driver dies after crashing into Virginia Beach bar and restaurant

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – A driver died after crashing his vehicle into the Bunker Brewpub under Peabody’s nightclub at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront Friday night.

At approximately 10:58 p.m., while on routine patrol, a Virginia State Police trooper saw a Toyota sedan speed past his marked unit in the eastbound lanes of I- 264 at First Colonial Rd. The vehicle was clocked at over 100 mph. The constable attempted to arrest the driver.

As the driver approached the Oceanfront, passing Parks Avenue, the soldier disabled his emergency equipment, but the driver continued east toward Pacific Avenue.

As the driver approached stopped traffic at the intersection of Pacific Avenue and 21st Street, the driver swept several vehicles to the side and then continued to crash into the building, located on the corner of the ‘intersection.

Vehicle crashes into Virginia Beach bar and restaurant

The vehicle caught fire and the driver, who was the only person on board, died instantly.

Police identified the driver as Andy Lee Curry, 28, a resident of Virginia Beach.

Media for lost cause

Three Virginia Beach police officers attempted to rescue the driver after the crash; the agents were inhaled by the smoke.

Two pedestrians were hit by flying debris. One was taken to hospital and the other refused to seek treatment.

The Virginia State Police Crash Reconstruction Team was called to the scene to assist in the investigation.

News 3 spoke with Tom Wilder, one of Bunker Brewpub’s co-owners. He told us no one inside the Bunker was hurt.

Wilder said the car crashed into the railing outside the building’s glass garage door. He said the car never entered the building.

After the car hit the guardrail, Wilder said the fire marshal told everyone to evacuate. Everyone evacuated through the back of the establishment.

There is no further information to provide at this time.

Stay with News 3 for updates.

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