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81-year-old motorist killed following four-vehicle accident on I-264 in Virginia Beach

81-year-old motorist killed following four-vehicle accident on I-264 in Virginia Beach


(TOM) IN OUR CONTINUING COVERAGE OF A DEADLY CRASH IN VIRGINIA BEACH EARLY THIS MORNING. STATE POLICE SAY AN 81-YEAR-OLD MAN DIED AFTER HE REAR-ENDED A TRUCK ON THE SHOULDER OF I-264. (ANITA) TONIGHT, HIS FAMILY BELIEVES HE COULD HAVE BEEN STOPPING TO HELP ANOTHER DRIVER. 10 ON YOUR SIDE’S BRETT HALL SPOKE WITH HIS GRANDSON, AND JOINS US FROM THE NEWSROOM WITH HIS STORY. (BRETT) WE’VE BROUGHT YOU SEVERAL STORIES IN THE LAST MONTH OF INJURIES ON THE SIDE OF OUR ROADS. TONIGHT, TWO WORDS FROM A GRIEVING FAMILY — PAY ATTENTION. JED GONZALES SAYS HE HEARD ABOUT THE EARLY MORNING ACCIDENT FROM HIS CO-WORKER. JED GONZALES, VICTIM’S GRANDSON “SHOWED ME HIS PHONE AND SAID HEY THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED ON 264 THIS MORNING AND IT WAS HORRIBLE, CAN’T BELIVE THAT.” BUT IT BECAME TRULY HORRIBLE—WHEN HE FOUND THE MAN WHO DIED—WAS HIS GRANDFATHER. JED GONZALES, VICTIM’S GRANDSON “DID YOUR HEART SINK? “YEAH, I COULDN’T DESCRIBE IT.” STATE POLICE SAY 81-YEAR-OLD CECILIO PULGAR DIED INSTANTLY WHEN THE CAR HE WAS DRIVING—REAR ENDED ANOTHER THAT WAS BACKING UP IN THE CLOSED SHOLDER LANE. THE DRIVER BACKING UP INDICATED THEY WERE STOPPING TO HELP ANOTHER DISABLED VEHICLE ON THE SHOLDER. JED GONZALES, VICTIM’S GRANDSON “PLAY THAT SCENE OVER IN MY HEAD AND I JUST HOPE THAT IT WAS PAINLESS FOR GONZALES CAN’T HELP BUT THINK IF HIS GRANDFATHER WAS ALSO TRYING TO HELP THAT DRIVER. JED GONZALES, VICTIM’S GRANDSON “WOULD HAVE DEFINITELY BEEN HIM.” THE FATHER OF 5 IMMIGRATED HERE FROM THE PHILIPPINES—AND WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED FOR HIS KINDNESS—AND QUICK WIT BY HIS 14 GRANDCHILDREN AND 2 GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN. JED GONZALES, VICTIM’S GRANDSON “THEY WERE JUST TOGETHER THIS PAST WEEKEN FOR THE FIRST TIME TOGETHER IN YEARS. ALL 5 OF HIS KIDS AND HIM.” GONZALES SAYS NOBODY WOULD HAVE EXPECTED IT TO BE THE LAST. JED GONZALES, VICTIM’S GRANDSON “IF THERE WAS ANYTHING I COULD SAY TO ANYONE ELSE IT WOULD BE JUST PAY ATTENTION AND MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING, AND BE AWARE OF EVERYTHING THAT’S GOING ON AROUND YOU.” (BRETT) STATE POLICE SAY CHARGES ARE STILL PENDING IN THIS INCIDENT. BY THE WAY — PULGAR WAS HEADED TO HIS JANITORIAL JOB WHEN THIS HAPPENED. HIS GRANDSON SAYS HE CONTINUED TO WORK AT 81 — TO KEEP HIS BODY AND MIND SHARP. LIVE IN THE NEWSROOM

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