Jogger says she was targeted in hit-and-run

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – A Newport News woman said a driver kept eye contact with her as he accelerated his car in an effort to hit her, over the weekend.

Harold Eley with the Newport News Police Department told WAVY.com the 35-year-old victim was jogging in the area of Riverside Drive near Museum Parkway around 9:30 a.m. Saturday when she saw an unknown man slowly drive past her.

Composite sketch of suspect in Riverside Drive auto-pedestrian hit-and-run crash (Sketch provided by NNPD)
Composite sketch of suspect in Riverside Drive auto-pedestrian hit-and-run crash (Sketch provided by NNPD)

WAVY.com spoke to the victim, who did not want to be identified.

“I’m trying not to think about it,” she said. “But, I’m also trying not to forget what he looks like.”

On Tuesday, the NNPD released a composite sketch of the suspect developed by investigators with the victim’s help.

The victims says she was walking down Riverside Drive, warming up for her run.

“I noticed a small four door sedan type car going down Riverside Drive toward Museum Parkway, very slowly,” she said.

She says she turned on to Museum Parkway and looked over her shoulder and saw the man turning around to drive toward her again.

She says he passed her, this time staring at her.

As he got to the end of Museum Parkway, the victim says he did a u-turn and started back toward her. This time, he was driving straight at her. She says his eyes were locked on hers the entire time and she heard him accelerate. He ended up hitting the side of her body with his car.

“I immediately saw my feet fly over my head,” she said. “And as soon as I hit the ground, I jumped up and was screaming for help and ran as fast as I could.”

Harold Eley with the Newport News Police Department told WAVY.com a 35-year-old woman was jogging in the area of Riverside Drive near Museum Drive around 9:30 a.m. Saturday when she became the victim of a hit-and-run. (WAVY/Liz Palka)
Harold Eley with the Newport News Police Department told WAVY.com a 35-year-old woman was jogging in the area of Riverside Drive near Museum Drive around 9:30 a.m. Saturday when she became the victim of a hit-and-run. (WAVY/Liz Palka)

The woman ran to a neighboring house and started screaming for help. She says another jogger stopped to help her call 911. The victims tells WAVY.com she is bruised and swollen. Her knee is currently in a brace and she’s walking with crutches.

She has no idea what, if anything, was wrong with the driver. But, she can’t help but think that the hit and run was intentional.

“I heard him accelerate the vehicle,” she said.”He was looking at me right in the eyes when he hit me. And he had both hands on the wheel.”

She added, talking about how the driver accelerated toward her, ” That’s the part that shakes me the most, is because it seems calculated.”The suspect is described as a white male in his 40s or 50s with a full salt and pepper beard. He was driving a tan or gold Honda or Toyota sedan.

Anyone who might recognize the suspect or know anything about the incident is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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