HENRICO, Va. (WRIC) — A Manassas man was killed early Monday morning in Henrico County after a traffic sign that he crashed into with his car on Interstate-64 East was struck again by another vehicle and hit him while he was outside looking for his dog. The highway was closed for hours and three other people were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
A release from Virginia State Police states that troopers responded to the 203 mile marker at 2:18 a.m. after getting reports of a three-vehicle crash in the area. An investigation revealed a 2008 Nissan Maxima, driven by 21-year-old Giovanni Gonzalez, struck a guardrail and an arrow board sign in the right lane while traveling eastbound on I-64.
The arrow board ended up in the middle of lane following the crash. At some point, Gonzalez ended up outside of his car to begin looking for his dog.
A man driving a 2018 Audi sedan stopped in the left travel lane with his hazards on to go outside and help Gonzalez retrieve his dog. Another vehicle, a 2008 Nissan Altima, was traveling on the interstate and struck the arrow board sign that was in the traffic lane, police said.
As a result, the board hit the Audi and Gonzalez, who was outside at the time. State Police said Gonzalez died from his injuries at the scene.
The man driving the Audi, who was wearing his seat belt at the time, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The woman driving the Nissan Altima and her passenger, only identified as an adult male, were also transported to the hospital with serious injuries. Police said in the release that it is believed the two were not wearing their seat belts during impact.
An investigation is underway.