Father of 2 fatally struck by teen racing on Midlothian Turnpike

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Police in Chesterfield County are investigating after a pedestrian was fatally struck by a vehicle that was racing on Midlothian Turnpike over the weekend.

The incident occurred shortly before midnight on Saturday when a 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse that was traveling east in the 7500 block of Midlothian Turnpike struck an adult male who was crossing the street.

The victim, who has been identified as 37-year-old Jacinto Lopez Marcos of the 7500 block of Ayshire Court in Chesterfield County, was transported to Chippenham Hospital where he later died.

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Police say a 17-year-old male was driving the striking vehicle and remained on scene. An investigation determined that at the time of the crash, the 17-year-old was racing another vehicle that was also being driven by a 17-year-old male.

Lopez, a husband and father of two, had worked at the New Grand Mart off Midlothian Turnpike for roughly two years. His coworkers said he lived nearby and would often walk to and from work.

They said they were heartbroken when they found out that he died.

“When we came to work, everybody knew,” co-worker Belinda Reynoso said.

His co-workers remember him as hardworking and as someone who would always be there if they needed help.

“Just a nice guy,” Jose Lois Gonzales said.

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Lopez was originally from Guatemala. He was working in Central Virginia and sending money back home to support his wife and two kids.

Following his death, co-workers have set up donation boxes at the store for his family.

“We all joined because we know he didn’t have enough money to send his body over to Guatemala,” Reynoso said.

Anyone interested in donating to Lopez’s family can do so by visiting the New Grand Mart off Midlothian Turnpike.

The driver of the striking vehicle was arrested and charged with racing — causing death or injury to another person, an unclassified felony. He is being held at the Chesterfield County Juvenile Detention Home. The driver of the other vehicle that was racing was charged with misdemeanor racing.

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