Pedestrian hit, killed on Jefferson Avenue in Newport News identified

Cal Clark/WAVY Photo
Cal Clark/WAVY Photo

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A man died after he was hit by a van near Dresden Drive and Jefferson Avenue Monday night.

The man was identified Tuesday as 45-year-old Duane Jose Champelle.

Dispatchers received a call about the crash at 9:42 p.m.

Police say the man was trying to cross the road when he was hit by a passenger van heading northbound on Jefferson. The victim was declared dead on scene a short time later. The van stayed at the scene of the accident.

Investigators say the driver of the van hit the brakes and attempted to change lanes to avoid the crash, but that Champelle kept running and ran into the path of the van.

The northbound lanes of Jefferson Avenue are shut down at Dresden Drive while police investigate.

No charges have been filed, and investigators says alcohol was not a factor for the driver. It is unknown if alcohol was a factor for Champelle.

Stay with for updates to this developing story.

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