State Police are investigating a fatal pedestrian crash in Lovingston on Monday afternoon. A vehicle driven by former Lynchburg prosecutor and current Circuit Court Judge Michael Doucette made a left turn from Brookside Lane onto Front Street and hit a pedestrian who was standing in the road.
The pedestrian, 84-year-old Andre P. Derdeyn of Lovingston died at the scene. Doucette wasn’t injured and won’t face charges. Police say sun glare was a contributing factor in the crash. Doucette issued a statement: “I hope God provides His merciful comfort and solace to Mr. Derdeyn’s loved ones during their time of grief.”
It was the second traffic fatality in Nelson County Monday. Earlier in the day, one person was killed in a 2-car collision on Craigtown Road near Dowdy Lane. That person’s name hasn’t been released.
Here is the news release from Virginia State Police:
Virginia State Police is investigating a fatal pedestrian crash in Nelson County. The crash occurred Nov. 15, 2021 at 3:35 p.m. on Front Street at the intersection of Brookside Lane in Lovingston.
A 2018 Ford F-150 pickup truck was westbound on Brookside Lane when it made a left turn onto Front Street and encountered a pedestrian standing in the southbound travel lane. The Ford was unable to avoid striking the pedestrian.
The pedestrian, Andre P. Derdeyn, 84, of Lovingston, Va., died at the scene.
The driver of the Ford, Michael R. Doucette, 66, of Lynchburg, Va., was not injured in the crash. He was wearing a seatbelt.
No charges will be placed. Sun glare was a contributing factor in the crash.