SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - When a man from Kill Devil Hills, N.C., sought to kill himselfMonday night by intentionally driving the wrong way on Chesapeake'sHigh Rise Bridge, his life was not the only one taken.
Richard Williamson, 72, of Suffolk, was also killed when thedriver of a Toyota Camry drove head-on into his ChevroletSilverado.
Williamson's family says he was a handy man.
"He could fix anything," his son, also named Richard, said. "Hecould fix anything from a broken heart to the crack of dawn."
Williamson was married for 46 years, he was a father to threeboys, a girl and many grandchildren. He was on his way home Mondaynight after helping one of his sons move, his son said.
"My middle brother, he was behind him but right there before theHigh Rise he decided he was going to take the tunnel, so he wenthis way and my dad went over the High Rise."
State police say barreling head-on at Williamson Monday nightwas a driver, Michael O'Brien, in a Camry who wanted to commitsuicide, and his female passenger and wife, Chona Mae CuestasO'Brien. Troopers say he was driving in the westbound lane andcrossed into the eastbound lanes at the base of the High RiseBridge. He side-swiped a mini-van before colliding withWilliamson.
A friend of the O'Brien who asked not to be identified heard thewhole thing on a cell phone call.
"I heard her screaming 'No! Stop, stop! Not that way, notthere!' He just kept saying 'I love you, I love you,' like, yellingit at her."
The call came minutes before the accident Monday, which happenedat about 9 p.m. The friend says prior to the call, the Camry'sdriver also sent a text message to a friend.
"She had received a text message at 10 past eight that saidwhere he lived, who he needed to contact to let them into theapartment to find a note that would explain everything that wasgoing on and it said to look for them in the news."
The loss of the family patriarch has devastated the Williamsonfamily. Richard Williamson said his mother knew something was wrongbefore troopers came to her door.
"Both my brothers were already home, my Dad hadn't made it homeyet," he said. "She seen the accident on the news and said sheknew."
Donna Thomas, the victim's daughter, believes it wasn't anaccident.
"It's murder," she said, clutching her father's picture. "Itmakes us angry someone took our father from us."
The driver of the minivan suffered minor injuries. ChonaO'Brien, the passenger in the Camry, is also in the hospitalrecovering.
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