Hayes man dies in Main Street accident

- Posted on Jul 28, 2011 - 12:56 PM

A 51-year-old Hayes man died after he was struck while walking in the Gloucester Main Street roadway late Tuesday. Robin Austin, 51, of Bolden Drive died from his injuries after he was air transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, according to Sgt. Greg Mathias of the Area State Police Office in Gloucester.

Mathias said Austin was walking in the left lane of southbound Main Street when he was struck by a 2006 Chevy Malibu that was also southbound in the left lane. The accident occurred at 11 p.m. just north of Fox Mill Run Drive.

Mathias said Austin had no identification on him at the time of the accident and state police were not able to determine his identity until Wednesday evening. He said no charges were placed against the driver of the Malibu, 31-year-old Craig Hiers of Hudgins, who was not injured.

While state police were investigating the accident scene, another accident occurred in the vicinity involving a Gloucester Sheriff’s Office patrol car and an allegedly intoxicated driver.

To aid the state police investigation, Mathias said three GSO patrol cars, all with their emergency lights activated, had southbound Main Street blocked at the south entrance to Main Street Center where officers were diverting southbound traffic back northbound on Main. At about 12:15 a.m. Wednesday, Mathias said, 21-year-old Jackie Wheeler III of T.C. Walker Road failed to stop for the roadblock and drove a 2001 Dodge Neon into the rear of one of the patrol cars.

Mathias said Wheeler, who was later charged with driving under the influence, was transported to Riverside Walter Reed Hospital where he was treated and released. Mathias said both the Neon and the 2007 Ford Crown Victoria belonging to the GSO were total losses. He said no GSO personnel were injured in the crash.