Pedestrian killed in early morning Colonial Heights crash identified

Published: Sep. 21, 2022 at 9:01 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 21, 2022 at 6:32 PM EDT
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COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. (WWBT) - One person is dead after an early morning crash in Colonial Heights Wednesday.

At around 6:20 a.m., officers were called to a vehicle crash on Temple Avenue near the intersection of Conduit Road.

Officials say that a vehicle traveling east on Temple Avenue struck a pedestrian in the roadway near the intersection. The pedestrian, identified as 42-year-old Iris Lydia Rosario, died at the scene.

Colonial Heights and State Police spent the entire morning investigating the deadly incident closing off the eastbound portion of Temple Avenue for nearly eight hours.

Police redirected drivers like Lorenzo Hill II through the South Park Mall to avoid it. He says he thought the accident was less severe until he could pull over at a nearby shop to observe the scene for himself.

“I was like, ‘what in the world is going on?’ I thought it was a small accident or a fender-bender or something like that, but in Colonial Heights, this is like a first that I’m hearing an accident of this grandeur has occurred,” Hill said.

Rosario’s passing is the first fatality from a pedestrian involved in a collision since 2019 in Colonial Heights.

According to the state Traffic Records Electronic Data Systems (TREDS), in Petersburg, only one out of 10 pedestrian-involved collisions so far this year have been fatal.

The City of Hopewell has not experienced any pedestrian-involved collisions or fatalities this year, but the number is much higher in neighboring counties and cities.

So far this year, four of the 26 pedestrian-involved crashes in Chesterfield have been fatal. In Henrico, four of the 52 pedestrian crashes this year have also been fatal. Of the 101 pedestrian-involved crashes that have occurred in Richmond, seven have been deadly.

Back in Colonial Heights, residents hope others can use this as a lesson amid tragedies.

“I didn’t even hardly eat anything because I was that upset about it. So if y’all are listening, you’re really not supposed to cross this intersection,” Edward Adams said. “I’ve been living here all my life, and I wouldn’t cross this intersection if I had to.”

Temple Avenue from Conduit Road to Southpark Boulevard reopened traffic around 1:30 p.m.

Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Morgan Davis at 804-520-9300.