Retired VCU professor fatally struck while jogging

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Police are investigating after a retired VCU professor was fatally struck while jogging in the Fan early Friday morning.

The incident happened in the 1700 block of West Main Street just after 6 a.m. when a man who was jogging was struck by a silver pickup truck. Police have identified the victim as 74-year-old Richard K. Priebe of the 100 block of Vine Street.

This was just a block from where Priebe lived.

The driver stopped at the scene and has been interviewed. There is no indication yet whether the driver will be charged in relation to the incident.

Bud Minor lives down the street from Priebe and has known him for 17 years. He said speeding drivers and parked cars creating massive blind spots have made the streets dangerous for joggers and walkers.

“I think it has to do with a little bit of both, city and zoning and trucks shouldn’t be allowed to park and block up the view on Main Street,” Minor said. “I mean I can’t tell you how many times I’ve endangered my life crossing at Vine and Main [streets].”

From left: Terry Oggel, Ph.D., chairman, Department of English; Rosalyn Hobson, Ph.D., director, VCU–UKZN International Partnership; Richard Priebe, Ph.D., professor emeritus of English and African literature; and Peter S. Kirkpatrick, Ph.D., former executive director, Office of International Education, look at one of the volumes in Richard Priebe’s collection. Photo by Mike Porter, VCU Office of Communication and Public Relations.

Police representatives said that this is the third pedestrian fatality in ten days in the city.

Priebe taught English at VCU for more than 30 years.

8News learned Saturday morning that Priebe’s dog Rose was with him at the time of the accident and has since gone missing.

A search party was able to locate Rose early Sunday morning.

Rose. Images courtesy of Marian Paulachak and Zaria Fazaldin

Police are also asking that anyone who may have seen what happened call RPD at 780-1000.

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