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Medical Examiner confirms Virginia Beach 14th Street pier driver was man reported missing

Crystal Graham
Virginia Beach pier and oceanfront
Virginia Beach oceanfront (Photo by Crystal Graham)

The Medical Examiner has confirmed the identity of the driver of the vehicle that drove off the 14th Street pier in Virginia Beach on Jan. 27.

The Medical Examiner has confirmed the deceased is a white male, 57, from Virginia Beach. This is the same individual that family members reported missing.

The name of the man was not been released by the Virginia Beach Police Department likely due to the likely mental health nature of the accident.

The deceased male’s body was recovered by Crofton Industries from the ocean on Friday.

Crofton Industries arrived at the 14th Street pier with a barge, crane and dive team, at approximately 6:15 a.m. Friday. The vehicle’s location was confirmed using sonar, and at around 9 a.m., a hard hat diver went in and secured the vehicle for removal. By 9:20 a.m., the crane had successfully removed the vehicle from the water and placed it on the barge. The recovery was delayed multiple times due to bad weather and rough waters.

The recovered vehicle was confirmed to be a red Nissan Kicks.

There was one adult male in the vehicle. He was pronounced deceased at 9:29 a.m. and transported to the Medical Examiner for identification.

The VBPD investigation determined there was no evidence of criminality prior to the individual driving off the boardwalk.

“While we cannot presume to fully know what motivated this individual’s actions, they do appear to have been deliberate,” a news release from the VBPD read. “For that reason, we wanted to share the following local mental health organizations, support groups and resources for suicide prevention and education.

Mental health resources

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Man reported missing may be linked to Virginia Beach 14th Street pier incident

Recovery effort suspended for vehicle, occupants who drove off Virginia Beach 14th Street pier


If you or someone you know needs support now, call or text 988 or chat at 988lifeline.org
For local mental health resources, visit AFP’s Project Mental Health page.

Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.