A minivan crashed into a Chesterfield, Virginia, home Thursday evening, killing the homeowner.
The crash occurred at around 6 p.m. when William Hillsman, 54, the homeowner, sat down to eat dinner. He was killed right away, reports CBS 6.
“A 2008 Kia Sedona was traveling west on Robious Road when it veered across several lanes of traffic at the intersection of Robious Road and Greenfield Drive. The van hit a mound of snow, went airborne, struck several trees and a fence, and went through part of a residence,” a Chesterfield Police spokeswoman wrote in an email. “The van’s driver and passenger were transported to Johnston-Willis Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.”
“They said he died instantly,” Tom Hillsman, the victim’s brother, told Richmond Times-Dispatch. “He never knew what hit him.”
Hillsman’s body was found in the backyard, next to the minivan.
Neighbors, who were in their backyards at the time of the crash, heard the minivan collide with Hillsman’s home.
“We heard a revving engine, a big loud screech and a big crash. We saw smoke coming out of the yard,” neighbor Jeff Duncan said. “It completely destroyed the man’s kitchen. There were appliances in the backyard.”
Duncan went to Hillsman’s home following the crash and found the female passenger of the car motioning for help.
“She thought the gentleman who was driving the car was having a stroke and his foot got caught on the accelerator,” Duncan said. “They went across a lane of traffic and into the guy’s house.”
Police have confirmed the driver of the minivan suffered some sort of medical issue prior to the crash.
Hillsman, who worked at Lowe’s near Chesterfield Towne Center, is remembered as a dedicated employee by managers. On the day he was killed, he was on time to work even though seven inches of snow had shut down most of Central Virginia that morning.
“He was a very humble guy, very nice guy,” Lowe’s Assistant Store Manager Mike Cobbs said. “Great worker, very knowledgeable, too. He did a lot of stuff outside work — around his home and his neighborhood. I even heard a story today that I didn’t know about. I heard that he used to fix up the front of his neighborhood.”
“He always said hello to everybody,” Cobbs added. “Even if you walked by him and didn’t see him, he was sitting there saying hello to you.”