NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A man who was killed after four vehicles struck him in Newport News on Friday has been identified as a beloved high school janitor.
Tyrone Patrick, 54, had been part of the custodial team at Woodside High School since April 2014. School spokesperson Michelle Price told 10 On Your Side he was “very well-liked” and will be missed.
Patrick had worked at the school earlier in the day on Friday, the last day of school. He was struck later, around 9:25 p.m., near the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Shields Road.
“It’s real dangerous crossing this street at night,” said Newport News resident Antoinette Lescota. Two bus stops are located near the crash scene.
“There needs to be sidewalks and it needs lights,” she said. “There’s no lights, there’s nothing at night.”
Patrick reportedly held a second job at the nearby Hardee’s on Jefferson Avenue.
Off-camera, 10 On Your Side spoke with his cousins, who described Patrick as a kind, hard-working man.
During an October 2014 school board meeting, Patrick and his colleagues were honored with a “cleanest school” award.
His colleagues could not be reached for comment on Monday. Counselors were on hand at the school for staff members in need, according to Price.
Meanwhile, police continue to investigate the crash.
Three drivers involved in the crash remained on scene and cooperated with officers.
The driver of the second vehicle that struck Patrick fled the scene. The vehicle is described as a dark blue or black four-door sedan, possibly a Nissan Altima. It was last seen traveling south on Jefferson Avenue. Police suspect the vehicle will have front-end damage.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.