Funeral for man killed sleeping on beach

Posted by Iva Radman – email

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (WWBT) - A funeral is scheduled today for a Virginia Beach man who was killed by a city truck driver, while he was sleeping on the beach.

The Virginian-Pilot says 52-year-old Michael Knockett was run over and killed last Monday morning  as city trash crews emptied garbage cans on the beach.

An investigation revealed a snapshot of Knockett was taken by a tourist shortly before he died.

A Virginia Beach city official apologized  for last week's accident.

The Commonwealth's Attorney there did not charge the truck driver.

Police says records prove the driver was not using her cell phone when she hit him. They also said speed, alcohol and drugs were not factors.

The city is paying for the funeral.

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