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Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Deputy killed in early morning vehicle accident

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - An early morning vehicle accident on Thursday killed a Virginia Beach Sheriff's Deputy.

At 6:30 a.m. Emergency Communications got a call about the accident in the 2000 block of Livingston Oak Drive.

The crash involved two vehicles, a Dodge Caravan and a 2015 Ford Edge.

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Deputy Edgardo Lucero receiving his 15-year service pin from his supervisors during his last night at work.

The police investigation showed that the Dodge was traveling east on Livingston Oak Drive at the intersection of Outerbridge Quay. The Ford was traveling west at the same location when the Dodge veered into the westbound lane, hitting the Ford head-on.

Police say 56-year-old Deputy Edgardo Lucero was driving the Dodge and was transported to a local hospital after the incident. He later passed away because of his injuries.

Police said "Deputy Edgardo Lucero was a good man and a good deputy who faithfully served the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Virginia Beach for 15 years."

He currently worked in the jail.

The driver of the Ford was taken to a hospital and was released after being treated for injuries.

Police say speed and/or alcohol were not factors in this crash.

Deputies will be draping their badges in honor of Deputy Lucero until his burial.