Attorney fatally struck by vehicle in front of Southampton Co. courthouse

COURTLAND, Va. - A pedestrian was killed Thursday morning after being hit by a vehicle in front of the Southampton County Courthouse.

According to police, the call came in around 8:35 a.m. A Southampton County deputy walking toward the courthouse heard what sounded like a crash in the 22000 block of Main Street and soon realized that a man had been hit by a vehicle.

Courtland Emergency Medical Services responded and attempted to revive the victim, identified as 73-year-old Daniel Forbes of Courtland, but he was later pronounced dead.

Forbes was a longtime well-known attorney in the area.

"I was totally shocked. Most all of us lawyers around here cross that street on a very regular basis and don't think anything about it," said Dan Crumpler, a longtime friend and fellow attorney.

Forbes' office on Main Street in Franklin was quiet Thursday afternoon. His family is still coming to terms with the sudden loss.

"He was known to be brutally honest with you," Crumpler said. "That's what people liked about him."

The vehicle's driver remained on scene and was cooperative with the investigation.

The crash remains under investigation by the sheriff's office, and drugs and alcohol have been ruled out as playing a role in this incident. No charges are being filed at this time.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 3 on-air and online for updates.

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