Family grieves for man crushed by bulldozer at Beach construction site

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Virginia Beach, Va. - Reginald Peterson saw his brother Brandon's crushed body after he was run over by a bulldozer.

"A truck came and I told him go ahead get out the way so I pulled up the truck and I sped back around he was laying on the ground," said Reginald Peterson.

Brandon Peterson was on a roller at a Virgnia Beach construction site off London Bridge Road Saturday morning. The machine wasn't working, Brandon got off the roller and tried to jump start it.

A co-worker operating a bulldozer was backing up and never saw Brandon, and rolled over the 23-year-old's body.

"I came back and he blew up like a balloon," Reginald Peterson said. "Ambulance come they never took him no where they just left him in the dirt for two hours, never took him no where. I sat out there for almost three hours with my brother just laying in the dirt, I mean it's just hard man."

"We are a tight knit family and we're gonna remain tight and strong, but we can't help that our shell is weak right now," said Elresa Peterson, Brandon's sister.

Brother and sister, Reginald and Elresa try to comfort one another.
Three days after the accident that took their brother's life, their minds are flooded with memories of the joy he brought and the sorrow that there are no new memories to be made.

Brandon was working for Miller Group. His brother says the roller Brandon was operating was faulty. The business was closed Tuesday night, and unavailable for comment.

"When you're working with heavy machinery be aware, be alert, know what you're getting into," Elresa Peterson said. "Just appreciate life."


  • Donte' Hunt

    another one of my close childhood friends gone to soon R.I.P man you were too funny! Give mom a big hug up there in heaven for me….

  • Dave R

    Who was the co-worker? Was he properly trained to use a bulldozer? Any driver-specific reasons that may have played a factor in this tragedy? Is an investigation under way?

    Really poor reporting. Leaves many questions unanswered.

    • connie

      Yes he was trained with 20 years experience. He is a man that preaches safety on the job. This was a terrible accident. Brandon was like a Son to this man. Everyone involved is in pain.

  • Jessica

    This was absolutely a terrible accident & nothing more. The driver operating the machine has worked construction almost his entire adult life & is well aware of safety precautions. It was an unfortunate incident & I know that his heart breaks for this man & his family whom he cared for. Please respect the difficult time that he is having as well. God rest Mr. Petersons soul but this is something the driver will have to deal with the rest of his life. Words can’t express the grief & remorse that he feels. I’m praying for all that are involved. My sincerest condolences to the Peterson family as well.

  • TN_Safetyguy

    As a safety professional, my heart goes out to these people. It is a sad thing, but there are absolutely no reason that “Accidents” are not preventable. This is the reason for walk arounds, flag men, back up alarms, etc, etc, I sure hope that the miller group has a good safety professional that has the authority to make big changes. Too many times a company will place production ahead of safety! I hope something good comes out of this totally preventable loss of life!

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