Police believe man purposely crashed into SUV on First Colonial in suicide attempt


NEW INFORMATION IN A 3 VEHICLE ACCIDENT FRIDAY NIGHT THAT SENT 4 PEOPLE TO THE HOSPITAL — VIRGINIA BEACH POLICE CHARGED 20-YEAR-OLD MATTHEW RUSHIN WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER AFTER THE CRASH ON FIRST COLONIAL ROAD. (TOM) NOW WE’RE LEARNING THAT CRASH MAY HAVE BEEN ON PURPOSE. 10 ON YOUR SIDE’S AESIA TOLIVER DUG INTO COURT DOCUMENTS FOR MORE INFORMATION. (AESIA) COURT DOCUMENTS SAY SAYS THE AMOUNT OF EVIDENCE AGAINST RUSHIN IS STRONG. POLICE SAY HE WAS TRYING TO TAKE HIS OWN LIFE, BUT IN THE PROCESS NEARLY TOOK SOMEONE ELSES. (AESIA TOLIVER) COURT DOCUMENTS SAY WITNESSES TOLD A DETECTIVE THAT 20 YEAR OLD MATTHEW RUSHIN SAID HE WAS TRYING TO COMMIT SUICIDE, AFTER THE CRASH. THIS EXPLAINS WHY HE WAS HIT WITH AN ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGE…POLICE BELIEVE HE CAUSED THE CRASH INTENTIONALLY. COURT DOCUMENTS SAY THE DETECTIVE REVIEWED SURVELLIANCE FOOTAGE OF A NEARBY BUSINESS. THE DETECTIVE EXPLAINS IN THE VIDEO, RUSHIN CUTS ACROSS THE MEDIAN AND DRIVES INTO ONCOMING TRAFFIC. THEN THEY SAY HE HIT A FORD EXPEDITION DRIVEN BY 77 YEAR OLD GEORGE CUSICK. WE’VE REPORTED PREVIOUSLY, THAT FOUR PEOPLE WENT TO THE HOSPITAL AFTER THE ACCIDENT. CUSICK IS THE ONE STILL THERE IN CRITICAL CONDITION. DOCUMENTS SAY HE HAS 2 COLLAPSED LUNGS, A BROKEN LEG, AND A BRAIN BLEED…ON TOP OF SEVERAL OTHER INJURIES. OFFICIALS SAY RUSHIN HAS NO PRIOR CRIMINAL RECORD. HIS MOTHER TOLD ME YESTERDAY HE’S A GOOD CHILD AND DID NOT KNOW CUSICK OR THE OTHERS WHO WERE INVOLVED IN THE CRASH. (AESIA) RUSHIN IS EXPECTED BACK IN COURT THURSDAY MORNING FOR HIS BOND HEARING- RIGHT NOW HE’S BEHIND BARS WITHOUT BAIL. HIS PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SET FOR MARCH 8TH. IN THE NEWSROOM, I’M AESIA TOLIVER 10 ON YOUR

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