JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — A 52-year-old man died after being hit by a pickup truck in James City County Thursday evening.
Around 9 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 7200 block of Merrimac Trail for reports of a vehicle crash involving a pedestrian, according to Deputy Chief Stephen Rubino with the James City County Police Department.
Rubino confirmed Frankie Evans was struck in the eastbound lane of the four-lane highway as he was walking across the street from a 7-Eleven store to the Cambridge Apartments, where he lived. Evans was hit by a 22-year-old Newport News man who was driving a 2004 Ford F-150.
Neighbors at the Cambridge Apartments said Evans spent most of his time at home, and it was unusual for him to be out as late as he was Thursday night. They said he was well-liked and kept to himself.
“He was a good guy,” said Ken Hershey, who lived just a few doors a part from Evans. “He was a lot of fun to hang out with.”
“He was always someone who I could talk to, always when I was feeling down … he really looked out for me, and I looked out for him,” said Grenette Pierce.
Hershey said the 22-year-old driver was devastated and told him he was traveling 35 mph when he made impact.
“He was torn up,” Hershey said. “He was crying, he was like ‘please let him be alright.’ Frankie was in a dark jacket [and] he just couldn’t see him.”
Neighbors said Evans made the walk from his apartment to the convenience store thousands of times before.
“There’s no real particular place to cross, so you just cross,” Hershey said.
Police said speed, weather conditions and alcohol were not factors in the crash, which remains under investigation.