VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office deputy was killed in an accident Thursday morning.
Police said the emergency call came in at 6:31 a.m. for a crash in the 2000 block of Livingston Oak Drive.
An investigation found that Deputy Edgardo G. Lucero, 56, was driving a Dodge Caravan, heading east on Livingston Oak Drive at the intersection of Outerbridge Quay. A Ford Edge was going west at the same location when the van came into the car’s lane and hit the car head-on.
The driver of the Ford was taken to the hospital for injuries and was released.
Dep. Lucero was also taken to the hospital, where he died from his injuries.
A statement from the sheriff’s office reads:
Deputy Edgardo Lucero was a good man and a good deputy who faithfully served the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Virginia Beach for 15 years. He currently worked in the jail… This is a terrible loss for the Lucero family and for the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office.”
Loved ones told 10 On Your Side that Dep. Lucero was a dedicated husband and father to two children. He was a mason, and was very active in the community, a friend said.
10 On Your Side learned that Dep. Lucero lived blocks away from where the crash occurred. He was reportedly on his way home from work.
Neither speed nor alcohol appear to be factors in this crash, according to police. Neighbors told 10 On Your Side that the incident occurred near a dangerous intersection.
“I really hope to see something done about this curb here,” a neighbor said.
The accident remains under investigation.
In the meantime, deputies will be draping their badges in honor of Dep. Lucero until his burial.
Loved ones met to pray on Thursday night, and plan to do so for eight more days as part of a “novena” religious practice.
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