CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A Chesterfield father and triathlon coach is being remembered by loved ones and friends after being struck and killed on Tuesday morning by a tractor-trailer on Route 288.
Derek D. Dambacher, a 53-year-old Chesterfield father of four, was identified by Virginia State Police as the victim in the crash on Jan. 15. According to a VSP spokesperson, Dambacher stepped into the left southbound lane of Route 288, just north of Hull Street, when he was hit by a passing tractor-trailer at around 8:30 a.m.
“His family was always number one for them,” said Graham Parlow, a triathlon teammate.
Dambacher loved his triathlon team, Tri Girl, Tri Quest, and was committed to fitness. Dambacher completed three Ironman races and competed in other triathlons.
His teammates told 8News he had a great sense of humor and was selfless.
“He would be there for you, he would be there for the next person. He always thought about others instead of himself,” Parlow said.
Sabring Adams, another one of Dambacher’s teammates, told 8News about a time he and his wife taught her an important life skill.
“From the encouragement that I received from them, that was the push I needed to learn how to swim because I didn’t know how,” Adams said.
Dambacher’s teammates told 8News it’s a painful reminder to pay attention while driving.
“Slow down and just move over,” Adams told 8News.
Following the tragic crash, a GoFundMe page was set up for the Dambacher family.