Authorities confirm the death of a VBC employee as accidental

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Update: The incident was under investigation but authorities have confirmed it as an accidental death.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Huntsville Police Department identified the Von Braun Center employee who was found dead under a utility vehicle on Saturday evening.

HPD identified the employee as Christopher Easter, 39.

Easter was an employee at the VBC for over 12 years. During his time there, he worked in the Engineering Department as an Engineering Technician, then as Engineering Maintenance Technician, and finally as an Engineering Facilities Technician.

The VBC told News 19, “Chris was a valued member of our VBC family – the loss is devastating and he is already deeply missed.”

The Von Braun Center released the following statement Sunday afternoon regarding the incident:

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of an employee and friend of the Von Braun Center.

On Saturday, August 28, 2021 at approximately 10:30 p.m., Von Braun Center security staff discovered a fellow employee located beneath a utility cart in the maintenance area with no visible signs of life. 

Immediately, a call was made to 9-1-1. First responders quickly arrived on-scene and the employee was pronounced dead.  The incident is under investigation by HPD, but is believed to be an accident.

We are heartbroken by this tragic loss.  Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends, including the many people he worked with here at the Von Braun Center.

Out of respect to the employee’s family and close friends, no further information is available to be released at this time.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.

Samantha Nielsen, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at the Von Braun Center

According to HPD, officers were sent to a maintenance area on Monroe Street around 10:30 p.m. Upon arrival, they found an employee underneath a golf cart-type utility vehicle that slipped off a jack.

Easter was pronounced dead at the scene.

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