Driver accused of hitting five pedestrians

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – A man who said his wife was struck by a church van and then a car talked to 10 On Your Side about the Chesapeake crash Thursday.

Willie Floyd of Norfolk said he was inside a church when someone told him his wife, Marilyn Harris, was struck by the van Tuesday night. He said he couldn’t get to her fast enough and she was struck a second time.


“This other car come past, and the closer I got to my wife, he just ran right into her,” Floyd said. “I was so upset, nervous, shocked to see something like that happen.”

Chesapeake Police charged Melvin Glover, 71, with DUI, after officers said he struck five people as a victim was being assisted following an initial auto-pedestrian crash Tuesday.

It happened in the 1900 block of Liberty Street, according to Ravi Sheth with the Chesapeake Police Department.

Sheth said all five victims received non-life threatening injuries, but were transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and Chesapeake Regional Hospital to be treated. Police said the driver of the church van was not injured and will not be charged.

Floyd said his wife was not doing well Thursday and was recovering in the ICU.

“She got twelve broken ribs and a fractured eye, and she’s in pain right now,” Floyd said. He said she is expected to have eye surgery and could be in the hospital for a week or more.

10 On Your Side’s Erin Kelly talked to Glover at his home Wednesday. He apologized for the crash, but said he had trouble seeing out of his windshield.

“I’m sorry it happened, but if my windows hadn’t been fogged up, I wouldn’t have hit anyone,” Glover said.

He admitted he had been drinking, but said it was only a couple of drinks.

“I have driven before with a couple of drinks and had no problem, but I couldn’t see,” he said.

Floyd said his wife wanted to call 10 On Your Side after hearing Glover’s account.

“He said on the news he couldn’t see what was going on and that upset her,” Floyd said. “It was a little foggy, but he could have seen the people. No doubt in my mind he could have seen them.”

The Chesapeake Police Crash Reconstruction Team is investigating the incident.

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