VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – A 46-year-old tractor-trailer driver died Saturday after troopers pursued his truck from Suffolk to Virginia Beach.
Sgt. Michelle Anaya with the Virginia State Police said emergency crews in Suffolk began receiving several calls about a tractor-trailer driving recklessly on Route 58 and Pitchkettle Road around 11:15 p.m. Police encountered the truck and saw it being operated in an “erratic manner,” Anaya said.
As police tried to conduct a traffic stop, the tractor-trailer hit a guardrail, sped up and slowed down and continued in a reckless manner.
Police asked state troopers for help pursuing the tractor-trailer. Troopers were able to stop the tractor-trailer on Interstate 64 West near Indian River Road in Virginia Beach.
“Upon removing the driver out of the vehicle, troopers noticed the driver to be in distress, checked his vital signs, requested rescue and immediately began CPR,” Anaya said in a release.
The driver was taken to Sentara Leigh Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. He has been identified as Alex Eugene Senegal of McDonough, Ga.
Senegal’s wife told 10 On Your Side he had been sick with a virus and was on medication. She said he had not sounded like himself when she talked to him that day. She said she was told he died of a heart attack, leaving behind three children.
“He was a good man and he worked hard,” she said.
Neighbors in a Virginia Beach community off of Old Lyne Road told 10 On Your Side they saw a man in a tractor-trailer with a green cab crash into two parked vehicles earlier in the day Saturday. Christopher Bennett said he was in his garage when he saw the driver pull up.
“He eventually wedged himself against, without trying to hit the cars on the other side of the street, he wedged himself up against the white car. He backed up a little bit. That’s when all the neighbors came out. He decided he was going to try it again and then he rammed the truck on the other side of the street,” he said.
Bennett said police took down the man’s information and then he left.
According to a the owner of the damaged truck, insurance paperwork showed the driver who hit his truck was Alex Senegal. Virginia Beach Police told 10 On Your Side they had no record of the incident.
Anaya said the investigation is ongoing.