Alexandria, VA- A box truck collided with two people in Springfield, Virginia, killing one and sending the other one to the hospital with serious injuries. Leonard A. Schultz, a local football coach, was the pedestrian killed. The truck accident happened on the Inner Loop of the Beltway in Springfield. A report in Washington’s Top News states that, according to police, Schultz, his brother Edward, and his nephew Albert, were traveling Westbound in a pickup truck on Interstate 495. They pulled over to the median in the section of the “mixing bowl” section of the Beltway. They then got out to re-secure a boat they were towing. At that exact moment, a box truck slid into the median, and struck the boat. It also hit one of the men, and the other man was hit by the boat after it the impact with the truck.
Both pedestrians were rushed to Fairfax Inova Hospital with serious and life-threatening injuries. Unfortunately, Leonard died in the hospital, and while Albert suffered critical injuries, he’s expected to recover at last report.
Leonard, or “Lenny” as he was affectionately known, was a beloved football coach at James Madison High School in Vienna. James also happened to be the school from which he graduated in 1983. He also taught special education, and was a very large figure in the school community, “As a central figure in our school and the entire community, we understand that many will be affected in some way by this tragedy,” wrote principal Gregory Hood in a letter to the community. The letter went on to describe Schultz as “kind, compassionate, and thoughtful.”
Carlos Alberto Garcia, a 42-year-old from Woodbridge, was the driver of the truck and was not hurt. Edward Schultz, the driver of the pickup and the brother and father of Leonard and Albert, respectively, was not injured either. Garcia was charged with reckless driving.
Schultz’s coaching mentality was to be positive and focus on the players’ strength. He was heavily involved in the lives of his team, helping them with grades and problems at home. He was also a source of life lessons and guidance, according to other coaches and teachers. The accident happened right before the end of the school year, but the school was open the following Monday if students wanted to talk or share their grief. A makeshift memorial was created near the fields behind the school. He left behind a wife and two children, along with several stepchildren. Other than coaching and teaching, he loved boating and fishing trips on Chesapeake bay, which was from where he was returning at the time of the accident.
Getting injured in an accident or having a loved one die is a traumatic ordeal. There’s no reason why you or anyone else should take on the task of getting compensation for loss on your own. If you find yourself in this situation and live in Alexandria, make sure to contact a truck accident attorney to help you with your case and fight for your rights.