Man killed by construction truck on I-64 work zone in Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH — A 43-year-old Chesapeake man died after falling off a truck at a road work site here Sunday night.

The Virginia State Police identified the man as Toney Darnell Saunders Jr., of the 500 block of Centerville Turnpike.

At 7:47 p.m. Sunday, police were called about the incident at a road work site on Interstate 64 eastbound, west of Providence Road.

State Police’s investigation indicated a construction truck (2018 Hino model 195), carrying road cones and barrels was backing up on the shoulder within the lane closure, picking up cones in the work zone.

Saunders was a passenger in the vehicle. He lost his footing and fell from the truck’s cargo area onto the roadway and was backed over by the vehicle, police said.

He died at the scene.

Police said the vehicle is owned by Spivey Rental Inc.

“There are no charges at this time,” Sgt. Michelle Anaya, State Police spokeswoman.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.