Virginia State Police are investigating a deadly traffic accident which occured in Chesterfield County on Sunday afternoon, June 17. According to local news reports, 35-year-old Steven Ridley was changing a flat tire on the shoulder of Interstate 95 outside of Richmond when a U-Haul truck struck and killed the man.
Ridley was driving his 14-year-old son and nine-year-old daughter to ride go-carts in Petersburg when his car tire blew out on I-95. He pulled out of traffic and began to change the tire with the help of his teenaged son. During the process, a rental moving truck veered out of its lane and slammed into Ridley as his son and daughter watched. Ridley was killed instantly in the Virginia truck accident..
It is currently unclear why the driver of the U-Haul – which was hauling a trailer – lost control of the vehicle and veered into the shoulder. The driver, Robert Krill, has been charged by the Virginia State Police with reckless driving. The fatal accident is still under investigation.
Ridley’s mother, Eunice Ridley, told reporters that her son was a great father and a great citizen – a veteran of the Navy who was a current employee at Sprint and who was working toward an engineering degree. She also said that his children are struggling with his death, especially because they witnessed the traumatic event.
The Richmond truck accident attorneys at Shapiro & Appleton send their deepest condolences to the friends, family, and loved ones of Ridley – especially his mother, son, and daughter.