CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Chesterfield Police is investigating after a man was struck and killed while trying to cross a busy intersection late Monday night.
The male pedestrian, a beloved father and grandfather, was struck just before 11 p.m. at the intersection of Hull Street and Turner roads.
“We all love our dad, we all love our papa,” said Kerry Eades.
Heartbroken, Eades spoke to 8News on Tuesday about her father, Robert Verstreate, whose life was cut short after he was hit by a truck Monday night.
“He was such a good man, he was getting ready to graduate from college,” Eades said.
Eeades says her father was going to get his business degree in July as well as celebrate his 54th birthday. She says he had dreams of opening up his own clothing store.
“That was his dream, that was what he wanted to do,” said Eades.
Verstreate, a father and grandfather to nine children with one more on the way, went to an Exxon Monday night to do what his family says he’s done countless times and buy a lottery ticket.
“He always said, ‘you got to play it to win it,’” said Katrina Vaughan, Vestreate’s daughter.
Shortly before 11 p.m. Monday night, his family says while he was walking back home, just a few hundred feet from his house, he was struck by a Toyota Tundra. Verstreate later died at the hospital leaving his family in disbelief and devastated. They left flowers at the spot where he was hit Tuesday morning.
“He was a wonderful father and he was a good grandfather. He loved his grandchildren,” said Eades.
“It’s so tragic right now,” said Vaughan.
Vaughan says she knew something was wrong when she went to wake her father up Tuesday morning.
“He was going to babysit his grandson today when I went to work and I went to go get him and he was gone,” said Vaughan.
It’s not the first time a pedestrian has been struck near the intersection of Hull Street and Turner roads. According to Chesterfield County Police, a pedestrian has been hit three times in the past five years and twice someone died.
“I think they need to do something,” said Eades.
Meanwhile, Verstreate’s family is trying to cope with the loss.
“I just want to say he’s a great guy and I love him and this is so hard for us,” said Vaughan.
The driver has not been charged. Chesterfield County Police say they are continuing to investigate.