VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – An 81-year-old great-grandfather was killed following a multi-vehicle accident on the shoulder lane of eastbound I-264 in Virginia Beach Thursday morning.
Cecilio Simeon Pulgar, of Virginia Beach, was on his way to work, according to grandson Jed Gonzales, when the Nissan Sentra he was driving, slammed into the back of a Ford F-150.
This all happened just after 5 a.m. according to Sargent Michelle Anaya with Virginia State Police near Independence Boulevard. The initial investigation revealed the driver of the F-150 was traveling in the eastbound lanes of I-264 when he noticed the driver of a Kia was disabled on the right shoulder of the interstate.
The driver of the Ford F-150 proceeded to stop and back up in the closed traffic lane.
During this time, Pulgar was also traveling in the closed lane, struck the rear of the F-150, and veered into the traffic lane of a dump truck that was traveling eastbound on I-264.
Police say Pulgar died upon impact. No other injuries were reported.
“I play that scene over and over in my head and I just hope that it was painless for him,” Gonzales said. “I just can’t imagine what he must have been going through in the last moments.”
At 81, Pulgar still went to work as a janitor “in order to keep his mind and body sharp” according to Gonzales.
“He loved to smile and make others smile. He had a quick wit,” Gonzales said.
Pulgar immigrated to the United States from the Philippians. He leaves behind 5 children, 14 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Gonzales hopes people that hear this story learn from it by “paying attention.”
“Make sure you know what you are doing, and be aware of everything that’s going on around you,” Gonzales said. Whether it be being in a closed lane or otherwise.
The incident is still under investigation. Sgt. Anaya said charges are pending based on the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s review.
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