Police identify man struck, killed by tractor-trailer on Route 288

Police identify man struck, killed by tractor-trailer on Route 288

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A Chesterfield man was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer on Route 288 Tuesday morning.

Virginia State Police responded to the crash and said the driver pulled over with a disabled vehicle, got out of the car and stepped into the left lane of south 288 near the ramp to Hull Street at 8:30 a.m.

The man was hit by a tractor-trailer. A witness on the scene said the man was in the road at the time he was struck.

VSP identified the man as Derek D. Dambacher, 53, of Chesterfield.

“It was gut wrenching, the first thing that crossed my mind - he caught my attention and I don’t know why," said Kelsey Fuller about learning of Dambacher’s death.

Fuller was headed to work before 8 a.m. on 288 and says she saw Dambacher standing near the passenger side, looking under the hood of his SUV.

“Any time I see someone on the side of the road I worry about them, because I know how many accidents and fatalities can happen," she explained. “He was looking around, like looking for help in a way.”

Fuller says she later learned the news and realized the same man she passed on 288 was hit and killed. She was among several people on social media who recalled passing Dambacher Tuesday morning, they all expressed their shock and heartbreak to make the connection.

“It hurts me so much that he is not here and I don’t even know this man, but I hope his family can get through it," said Fuller.

VSP says there are no charges at this time. The crash caused lanes of Route 288 south to be closed for an extended period Tuesday morning.

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