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Roanoke doctor dies after accident

Published On: Dec 24 2013 06:11:41 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 03 2013 12:05:08 PM EST

Dr. Gerald Schertz was a physician with Blue Ridge Cancer Care and was actually visiting a patient of his at the hospital when a driver ran into him.


The funeral for Dr. Gerald Schertz will now be held at First Baptist Church on Wednesday in Roanoke.

The venue was changed because of a large crowd that is expected.


Original story from Nov. 29, 2013

A Roanoke doctor has died from injuries he suffered earlier this week in an accident outside Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Gerald Schertz, 67, of Troutville was a physician with Blue Ridge Cancer Care.

He was hit by a car around 6:00 p.m. Tuesday as he walked outside the hospital in the 2000 block of South Jefferson Street. Witnesses said it was dark and rainy at the time of the accident.

WDBJ 7 spoke with one of Schertz's partners Friday. Dr. Bill Fintel is also an oncologist at Blue Ridge Cancer Care.

Fintel said Schertz was a loving and giving man and was working toward retirement. Schertz was a senior partner and a founder of the facility.

Fintel said our region has lost a legend in the medical field and will be missed by his friends, family and patients.

"They'll remember him for his love, for his passion, passion for his patients and for his practice," said Fintel. "The man came from Yale and a pinnacle of knowledge and came to southwest Virginia and brought that right to us and never gave up. Never quit learning, never quit learning and never quit working. Literally."

Friday afternoon, a spokesman for Carilion Clinic issued the following statement:

"We are all deeply saddened, and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, co-workers, friends and patients."

At this time, the case is still under investigation.

See the original story here.