Update 12:53 p.m.: The Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office says that the 911 call came from the driver of the truck at 4:50 p.m. and witnesses provided CPR to Mr. Strobel until emergency responders could arrive. Fire and emergency medics were at the scene in seven minutes at 4:57 p.m. Mr. Strobel was pronounced dead at 5:01 p.m. The sheriff's office says the Nissan pickup was traveling south on Kingswood Boulevard when it left the road to the right striking a mailbox and then the victim. The truck came to rest a short distance away and the driver immediately called 911. The incident is still under investigation and there will likely be no further updates until the first of next week, said sheriff's office spokesman Mike Harvey. The name of the driver has not been released.
The Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office had few new details about the sudden death of local radio announcer Brian L. Strobel. A sheriff's office press release says that at about 4:50 p.m. yesterday, Strobel was struck by a truck near Kingswood Boulevard and Harris Mill Court while walking a dog.
Strobel, 64, died at the scene of the incident in the Kingswood subdivision.
"The preliminary investigation shows that Strobel was struck by a Nissan pickup truck when it left the roadway," wrote Mike Harvey, spokesman for the sheriff's office. "The truck completely left the roadway before striking Strobel who was walking his dog. Investigation is pending and more information will become available this afternoon."
Friends are mourning the sudden death of Strobel all over Facebook.
Here are more details from the Free-Lance Star, who employed Strobel for 40 years until he retired from WFLS in 2007. Strobel was famously known for his "Dooby Doo" welcome every morning. Friends of his are saying he was walking someone else's dog when the incident happened.
Free-Lance Star reporter Rob Hedelt reported on Jan. 1, 2008, about Strobel's last radio show for WFLS. Hedelt reported that Strobel's final words on the radio were: "You listeners are the best in the world. You've been just like family to me. I love all of you. Thank you for listening."
Strobel was chairman of the local Salvation Army Advisory Board.
"Join us in praying for his family," the Salvation Army-Fredericksburg Tweeted tonight.
It is with heavy hearts and tremendous sadness to confirm that our beloved Advisory Board Chairman and friend, Brian Strobel, has passed away tonight. We were honored to work with Brian for many years as he spearheaded the annual Salvation Army Shoe Fund and later became our leader. His constant smile and positive outlook on life will be missed. Please join us in praying for his family and friends.
It is with tremendous grief that I report the passing of the one and only Brian Strobel. Brian's radio family here at Thunder 104.5 is at a loss for words. He was the anchor of our Sunday afternoon broadcasts the last few years. He will be truly missed by everyone he knew and touched.