Friends, family remember pedestrian hit and killed

Portsmouth, Va (WAVY) – Friends and family are remembering the man killed while crossing Airline Boulevard Monday night.

Charles Geurin’s friend Billy Whitfield told 10 On Your Side, “I don’t believe it today that he’s dead. I still don’t believe it.” The sad news leaves many questions unanswered.

“I just don’t understand why. Why would he walk in front of a car? It’s crazy,” Whitfield said. Whitfield knew “Chuck” , 61, well. They often played pool at Sunny’s Pub.

“There’s nothing you can say bad about Chuck. Chuck was always just a good, good person,” Whitfield said.

Geurin, a grandfather, died late Monday night at Maryview Hospital. Witnesses say he left a laundry mat and was crossing Airline Boulevard to get food when he was hit.

“It broke my heart,” John Freeman said. “It really broke my heart to know that he was gone and out of the whole thing I hope that he didn’t suffer on that street long.”

Freeman and other co-workers at Kittrell’s Floor Service expected the worse, when the normally punctual Geurin wasn’t there Tuesday morning.

“He’s been here every day like he’s supposed to,” Freeman said. “If he’s going to be late, there’s always a phone call and when he didn’t call that morning. We knew something bad had happened.”

Freeman got to know Chuck well. They worked together as floor mechanics, going out on jobs for 9 years. Now he’ll have to find another riding partner. Something that won’t be easy.

“We’re going to push through this thing and keep going and doing the best we can, but there is no replacement for “Chuck,’” Freeman said.

Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. friends gathered and put up a cross where Geurin was killed. It’s their way to make sure he is never forgotten.

Late Wednesday afternoon, 10 On Your Side’s Brandi Cummings spoke to Geurin’s daughter. She lives in Oregon. Her brother lives in California. They are planning to travel to the Portsmouth area and have a memorial service for the father.

Portsmouth Police say they are still investigating and have not charged the driver.

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