NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - The grandmother of a 22-year-old Yorktown man who was killed helping others talked to 10 On Your Side about his life Thursday.
Police said Richard Shomette was struck and killed by a van Wednesday night in Newport News after he stopped to help a disabled car.
"We're really proud of him," said Judy Dunn, Shomette's grandmother. "He was a little jewel. Whatever you needed to have done, he was there to help out."
Holly McPherson with Newport News Police said the crash happened on the Bland Boulevard overpass near Jefferson Avenue around 8:10 p.m. Two women in the car were sent to the hospital. A woman and two children in the van were not hurt.
"I think this was just a horrible accident. I think she didn't do this on purpose," Dunn said.
Dunn said Shomette was a former Navy corpsman, who was walking home from his job at Cracker Barrel before the crash happened. She said her grandson had been in foster care most of his life, and she reunited with him three years ago.
Newport News Police say the driver of the vehicle that hit Shomette was distracted by her children. Charges are pending as investigators consult the Commonwealth Attorney's Office.
Shomette's family said the Christian Life Center in Yorktown planned to hold a memorial service for him.
Stay with WAVY.com for updates as they become available.
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