Daughter pays tribute to Richmond dad electrocuted while working in Prince William County


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A grieving daughter from Richmond is paying tribute to her dad who passed away unexpectedly while at work Tuesday in Prince William County.

Police said fire and rescue crews responded to the 16900 block of Porters Inn Drive in Dumfries at 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 24, to investigate an electrical fire. On the scene, they found two victims who were working in the area when they were elevated in the basket and came into contact with an active electrical wire. A man and a 22-year-old woman were trapped on a mobile power lift.

Edwin Romero-Hernandez and his daughter, Daniela Romero Villalobos
Edwin Romero-Hernandez and his daughter, Daniela Romero Villalobos (Photo provided by Daniela Romero Villalobos)

A few hours later, crews started to remove both victims from the basket using an aerial ladder. The first victim was brought down at 4:43p.m. The second was brought down at 5:01 PM.

Edwin Romero-Hernandez, 46, was flown to a hospital where he later died.

Daniella Romero-Villalobos told 8News her dad was a very humble and happy person. She said he was a very hardworking man who usually worked every day except Sunday.

One of his favorite things to do was spending time with family and friends.

“He’s loved by so many people simply for the way he was. A sweet person who wouldn’t hurt a fly,” Romero-Villalobos said.

Edwin Romero-Hernandez
Edwin Romero-Hernandez and his daughter at her high school graduation. (Photos provided by Daniela Romero Villalobos)

Romero-Villalobos said her father’s passing has impacted her greatly. She is Hernandez’s only daughter.

“I know that everything he did was for me. He supported me through everything I’ve [chosen] to do with my life,” she said.

Renee Carr is the Public Information Officer with the Prince William County Police Department.

“It was heart-wrenching to see this man and this woman that were in this lift bucket,” said Carr.

According to Carr, Hernandez was working in the area and was trapped for several hours after the incident, which led to major power outages. The major power outages were reported on the east end of the county.

“The residual effects from the wires from my understanding is, it wasn’t safe for anyone to be near them as well for a little while,” said Carr.

The tragedy has not only affected family members, but first responders who witnessed the heartbreaking scene as well.

“Our hearts go out to anyone else that was out there that saw that, and for our officers that were looking at that, but mostly for his family. This was not something that they were expecting to happen,” said Carr.

Romero-Villalobos has started a GoFundMe to help cover the costs of her dad’s funeral.

“His one desire in life was to retire in Costa Rica where he was born,” Romero-Villalobos said.

The woman who was injured in the incident is expected to survive. The Prince William County Police Department has taken over the investigation. Stay with 8News for updates.

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