July 18, 2011
The parents of Crozet teen Yunze “James” Sun still have questions about what exactly happened Friday night. As do Albemarle County police officers, who returned Monday to the 3800 block of Rockfish Gap Turnpike (Route 250) to try to piece together the events of the tragic accident.
What police do know is that Sun was struck and killed by a pizza delivery driver while walking alongside Route 250, near the Crozet Harris Teeter. The 15-year-old died Saturday morning at the University of Virginia Medical Center.
What they don't know is what happened. A crash reconstruction team was at the scene Monday afternoon gathering evidence and mapping the area, less than a mile from the Cory Farms neighborhood.
Meanwhile the small western Albemarle County town is still in shock over Sun's death. Friends, neighbors and even complete strangers offered their condolences, lining the street with cards, luminaries and flowers. “James You Will Be Missed” was one of the many signs posted outside Sun's home.
Friends set up a Facebook page in his memory. They described the 15-year-old as someone who was nice to everyone and a friend from the start. Chalking tributes could also be found in downtown Crozet. Friends writing about Sun, saying "Rest in Peace James Sun", "You da Best" and "We Luv You".
Sun's parents say they're not sure initial police reports that their son was skateboarding when he was struck are correct. Investigators say he could have been carrying the skateboard and not riding it. They just don't know at this time.
Officials say the road Sun was on Friday night is not safe for pedestrians. It lacks safety lighting, despite the increase in nearby developments and foot traffic.
“There's very little, if any, pedestrian safety measures on this roadway, so that's going to be something that we're going to be examining with VDOT,” said Officer Jonathan Hickory, a member of the Crash Reconstruction Team.
Hickory says the road has no paved shoulder and a speed limit of 45 MPH, conditions which he believes contributed to the teen's death.
No charges have been filed at this time. This is the 11th fatality that has occurred in Albemarle County this year.