A man died the morning of Dec. 19 in Colonial Beach when he was struck by a car. The driver, a 72 year-old male may have passed out behind the wheel due to a medical condition, according to preliminary investigation and witness interviews.
For the Beachgate Inn, located at the 800 block of Colonial Avenue, the event marks the second tragedy in three months.
After the Colonial Beach Police Department received a 911 call reporting that a vehicle had struck a person, Colonial Beach Fire and Rescue were on the scene minutes later. They found that a vehicle had crossed Colonial Avenue at the intersection from Euclid Avenue and continued into the Beachgate Inn parking lot where it struck the hotel sign, two parked cars and several support rails before striking an outside wall of the hotel.
The male victim, age 62, had been standing beside his vehicle, which was the second parked vehicle that was struck when the accident occurred.
The victim, who had been visiting a relative for an extended period of time at the hotel, was transported by helicopter to Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg. 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.
The driver was also transported to Mary Washington Hospital where he was treated and released.
The accident is under investigation by the Colonial Beach Police Department.
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