Downtown Norfolk restaurant employee seriously hurt after being hit by out of control SUV

Posted at 8:53 PM, Feb 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-13 05:09:56-05

Jonathan Cox

NORFOLK, Va. – A man is in critical condition after being hit by a vehicle while standing outside a Downtown Norfolk restaurant.

The accident happened just before 5 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Granby and Plume Street in Downtown Norfolk.

The man was found lying in the roadway when first responders arrived on scene.

John Vanderwilt

According to a preliminary investigation, the man was standing outside of the restaurant when he was hit by a driver of a Honda SUV who lost control of their car.

Family members have identified the victim as 24-year-old Jonathan Cox. Cox's family says he's in critical condition.

Police say John Vanderwilt was arrested for driving under the influence as a result of the crash. He is out on bond.

A Facebook post from Jack Brown's Burger and Beer Joint says the man who was hit is a Beertender at the restaurant, which closed for the day after the crash.

The accident is being investigated by the Norfolk police traffic fatality team.

Cox's friends have set up a GoFundMe page to help with his medical expenses.