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Man hit by car, killed in Colonial Beach

BY PORTSIA SMITH

A man was struck and killed by a car in a Colonial Beach crash that police believe was caused by a medical emergency for the motorist.

 Colonial Beach officers  responded to the 800 block of Colonial Avenue about 9 a.m. Thursday after receiving a call that a person was struck in the parking lot of the Beachgate Inn, a Colonial Beach motel.

According to Police Chief Kenny Blevins, police arrived at the scene and found that a vehicle had crossed Colonial Avenue and entered  the Beachgate Inn parking lot.

Blevins said the vehicle struck the hotel sign, two parked cars and several support rails before striking an outside wall of the motel. A 62-year-old man standing beside his car was hit during the accident, Blevins said.

His name has not been released, but Blevins said he had been visiting a relative at the motel for an extended period of time.

Fire and rescue personnel were on the scene within minutes and treated the victim before transporting him by helicopter to Mary Washington Hospital, Blevins said. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

Colonial Beach Fire Department officials requested assistance from Westmoreland County and Colonial Beach building officials to inspect the structure of the building before allowing residents to return to the damaged area, Blevins said.

The preliminary investigation and witness accounts indicate that the 72-year-old driver of the car may have passed out due to a medical condition just prior to the accident, Blevins said. He also was transported to Mary Washington Hospital, where he was treated and released.

The accident is still under investigation.

 

Portsia Smith:  540/374-5419

psmith@fredericksburg.com

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