Elderly man killed crossing Broad St.

By: Laura Geller - bio | email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - An elderly man loses his life while trying to cross a busy road in Henrico's West End. Around 11:15 Saturday night a Chevy Trailblazer hit 82-year-old Joseph Gitubia on West Broad Street near Parham Road.

At this point, no charges are expected. Police say Gitubia was not at an intersection but instead crossed in the middle of the road. The driver told police he simply did not see the 82-year-old, who was less than a mile from his home when he was killed.

Police say Gitubia was wearing a dark shirt and dark pants. The speed limit here is 45 miles an hour. The 82-year old attempted to cross just fifty yards from an intersection with traffic lights. He made it through the three eastbound lanes to the median. He was heading into westbound traffic when he was hit by the SUV.

"This is the worst case scenario," said Henrico Police Lt. Jim Price. "It cannot get worse than this."

Gitubia was thrown by the impact. Orange crime scene paint now marks the spot where he fell. Two Henrico officers were driving towards the city and witnessed the accident. They immediately jumped out and began CPR. Tooba Nooruddin watched from the Exxon convenience store.

"I saw the police and like four or five people trying to give him CPR," she said. "I was just like, I hope this guy makes it to the hospital."

But police say Gitubia died in the ambulance.

"To be honest it was my first time seeing the accident and first time seeing the person in front of me and it was very sad," said Nooruddin.

Now Nooruddin and others who travel this busy road are thinking about their own habits.

"I don't walk across the street," she said. "I always have my car; that's a lot safer."

Police say they don't believe alcohol or speed are factors in the crash. A Medical Examiner will determine Gitubia's exact cause of death and whether or not any substances contributed to it.

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