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Radio icon Brian Strobel hit, killed by vehicle

UPDATE: The Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office released the following this morning: On March 7, 2012 at approximately 4:50 p.m. the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Kingswood Blvd and Harris Mill Court for a reported pedestrian struck by an automobile.

Upon arrival, Sheriff Office and Rescue personnel identified the victim as, Brian L. Strobel 65 of Spotsylvania. Strobel was pronounced deceased on the scene. Next of kin were notified by Sheriff’s Office personnel.

The preliminary investigation shows that Strobel was struck by a Nissan pickup truck when it left the roadway. The truck completely left the roadway before striking Stobel who was walking his dog.

Investigation is pending and more information will become available this afternoon.

Brian Strobel, a local radio icon on WFLS for  three decades, was killed Wednesday when he was struck by a vehicle while walking a dog.

The incident occurred at about 5 p.m. in the Kingswood subdivision, off Harrison Road in Spotsylvania County.

The Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office had no official details Wednesday night, but is expected to release information Thursday.

Strobel, 64, retired from WFLS at the end of 2007. In all, he worked in radio for 40 years, and did some radio work for other local stations following his retirement from WFLS.

On his last WFLS show on New Year’s Eve of 2007, he began at his customary 5 a.m., then offered his trademark “Dooby Doo” at 6.

He closed at 10 a.m., his voice cracking with emotion, by saying: “You listeners are the best in the world. You’ve been just like family to me. I love all of you. Thanks for listening.

—From staff reports