A man from Manassas was killed early Monday in a chain-reaction crash involving three cars and a highway sign on Interstate 64 in eastern Henrico County.
Giovanni Gonzalez, 21, was trying to retrieve his dog from his car, which crashed into a guardrail and a sign on the right side of the highway before coming to rest on the left-side median, according to Virginia State Police. The sign, an illuminated arrow, ended up in the middle travel lane of I-64 east after impact.
A man driving a 2018 Audi sedan put on his car’s hazard lights and stopped in the left travel lane to assist Gonzalez. A third car, a 2008 Nissan Altima, struck the arrow sign, which struck the Audi and Gonzalez, who was outside of his vehicle.
Gonzalez died as a result of his injuries.
The male driver of the Audi, the female driver of the Altima and a passenger were all taken to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Police said the two people in the Altima were not wearing seat belts; the driver of Audi was.
State police responded to the crash near mile marker 203 at 2:18 a.m.
The crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the Virginia State Police crash reconstruction team.