Off-duty officer dies after being hit by vehicle in Chesapeake

Officer Eddie Ufret. Photo courtesy of William Feliu.

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — An off-duty police officer died Saturday night after being hit by a vehicle.

Officials with the Chesapeake Police Department said the call came in at 10:40 p.m. for the accident at the intersection of Cedar Road and Cedar Lakes Drive.

William Johnson. Credit: Chesapeake Police Department.

A man was pronounced dead on scene, according to police.

Police spokesperson Kelly Elliot said Monday the man killed was 45-year-old Eddie Ufret, of Portsmouth. Ufret had been employed with the Chesapeake Police Department since 2014.

Elliot says Ufret was not on duty and was crossing the street with friends when he was hit in the westbound lane.

The driver, 72-year-old William Johnson, has been charged with DUI involuntary manslaughter.

According to the criminal complaint in this case, Johnson told police he was driving a black Ford SUV when a person ran across the road. He said he never saw the person coming. Court documents also state Johnson told police he had been at a restaurant where he drank a few beers over the course of a couple hours. He said his last drink was 15 minutes before he left the restaurant, according to the documents.

Johnson had a blood alcohol level of 0.07 two hours after the crash, according to the criminal complaint. The legal limit in Virginia is 0.08.

According to Virginia law, blood alcohol content can be considered along with other evidence, even if it doesn’t reach 0.08. Elliot says the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office was consulted and determined there was enough probable cause for Johnson to be charged with DUI involuntary manslaughter.

Chesapeake Police Chief Kelvin L. Wright released the following statement about Ufret’s death:

We are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of our brother, Eddie Ufret. We are focusing on helping his family during this very difficult time.  We appreciate all the support that we have received on his behalf.”

Elliot says the incident remains under investigation. Johnson is being held without bail. He declined to talk to WAVY News from jail.

Ufret’s viewing will take place from 2:00 to 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, July 29 at Great Bridge Baptist Church, 640 Battlefield Boulevard, Chesapeake. His service will follow at 3 p.m.

Stay tuned to WAVY.com for updates.