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Trucker killed after crashing off Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel was ‘amazing man’


VIRGINIA BEACH, #Va. — The wife of the driver killed after his box truck plunged off the #Chesapeake #Bay #Bridge #Tunnel #Tuesday morning is remembering him as a wonderful husband, father and friend.

#Erik #Mezick left his home in #Fruitland, #Maryland, around 10 p.m. #Monday, according to his wife of 25 years, #Megan.

The 47-year-old hopped in his #Cloverland #Greenspring #Dairy box truck, ready to deliver dairy products to #Cape #Charles and #Virginia #Beach. #It was a 130 mile trip, a job he had only had since #March, WTKR reported.

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#On his way back north, the family’s world was turned upside down in seconds.

#Mezick was driving northbound around 8:20 a.m., #Tuesday, when his truck went over the guard rail on the #Chesapeake #Bay #Bridge #Tunnel and plunged into the bay near #Mile #Marker 14.

The U.S. #Coast #Guard said witnesses told them #Mezick starting drifting westward after climbing or falling out of the cab, into the frigid 45-degree bay.

#Virginia #Beach #Fire, #Virginia #Beach #Police, and #Virginia #Beach EMS started working together with the US #Coast #Guard and #Chesapeake #Bay #Bridge #Tunnel #Authority searching for #Mezick in the water.

The air and bay search lasted hours for the man who loved scooters, swimming, collectibles and caring for his 94-year-old grandmother.

#By dusk, the search was suspended for #Mezick after an intense 178-mile scan of the bay by a myriad of authorities.

#Mezick #Family (SOURCE: #Megan #Meznick)

#Mezick is survived by his beloved wife, and two children, 18-year-old #Dylan and 16-year-old #Hannah.

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“I can’t say anything more than he was just such an amazing man, father, husband, friend. #Anyone who met him loved him from the start, he left an impression on so many,” #Mezick’s wife, #Meghan told WTKR.

CBBT police are still investigating the incident. #Crofton #Diving out of #Portsmouth is working to try to recover the truck #Mezick was driving from the bay.

“The thoughts and prayers of everyone at the CBBT are with the family and loved ones of #Mr. #Mezick during this difficult time,” said #Jeff #Holland, #Executive #Director of the CBBT.

“#We would like to extend our condolences to the family and friends of this individual during this time of tragedy,” said #Capt. #Samson #Stevens, commander of #Coast #Guard #Sector #Virginia. “We would like to thank the local first responder agencies for their partnership and dedication in coordinating efforts and searching throughout the day with our crews.”

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