Driver who died after car sank in water near Hopewell identified

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CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WRIC) — Chesterfield emergency personnel responded to a submerged vehicle just before noon on Friday.

According to the Chesterfield Fire department, a scuba rescue team was dispatched to the scene and found the vehicle completely underwater.

Chesterfield Police say the driver of the vehicle – a 2002 Dodge Dakota – pulled over to the side of the road, but rainy conditions made the embankment slippery. The vehicle subsequently slid off the shoulder and into a body of water.

The driver was later identified as 71-year-old, Walter S. Norman Jr of Dinwiddie.

A passenger managed to exit the vehicle, but Norman was unable to escape. A Chesterfield Fire scuba team managed to pull him from the vehicle, but he was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

The accident occurred near the intersection of Allied Road and Route 10, just outside of Hopewell.

At the time of the incident, police were not able to identify the victim. But they did share with 8News that the pair was headed to the creek to go magnet fishing — an activity that involves using a magnet to find metal objects in a body of water.

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