Family and friends share memories of young man killed on James River bridge

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

HENRICO, VA (NBC12) - Friends and family are remembering a young man killed in a collision on the James River bridge.

A car hit and killed 22 year old Antonio Montague and 27 year old Travis McCauley early Wednesday while they were changing a tire. No charges have been filed yet.

Antonio or Tony to his friends and family worked at Qdoba Mexican Grill, here at the Shops At Willow Lawn. Both there and at home, there's been a huge outpouring of support as his friends and family cope with the loss.

"Tony was my best friend my confidant that was my baby," said Pamela Montague, Tony's mother.

Gripping a photograph of her only son, Montague talked of a life gone way too soon.

"I got a phone call telling me my son was dead," said Montague.

She rushed to the James River bridge where she says she saw Tony lying in the middle of the interstate. The last time they spoke, Montague says Tony told her a friend asked him to go for a ride somewhere and ended the call with the words "I love you."

She says he always thought of others first.

"He was a positive person always smiling he would help you if you needed help," said Montague.

Tony, a 2004 George Wythe High School graduate, had a passion for music and dance and at one time aspired to be a model.

"Tony just danced he loved music oh yeah he loved Beyonce," said Montague.

Lisa Branner also knew him as a hard worker and a leader.

"He was always willing to help without being asked he volunteered to do things," said Branner.

At Qdoba Mexican Grill at Willow Lawn, customers have written condolences on cards and a picture of Tony. He worked there nearly a year, first as a line server and recently promoted to shift supervisor.

"If the world had more people like Tony the world would be a much better place," said Branner.

Tony leaves behind three younger sisters and countless friends.

"He was just a people person everyone loves him," said his mother.

Next Thursday, Qdoba will honor Tony's memory by donating a portion of sales to his family to offset funeral costs.

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