Driver accused of hitting concertgoer charged with DUI

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A pedestrian was hit by a vehicle at a concert venue in Portsmouth Thursday night, and police say the driver was under the influence.

At 10:18 p.m., medics and officers at the 96X Fest at the nTtelos Wireless Pavilion called dispatchers about a crash involving a pedestrian, according to Det. Misty Holley with Portsmouth Police.

Olivia Langford, photo courtesy Portsmouth Police.
Olivia Langford, photo courtesy Portsmouth Police.

Officers say the driver of a silver Honda, identified as Olivia Langford, was traveling in the wrong direction as she turned onto Bart Street from Court Street toward the venue.

“Langford continued to travel the wrong direction into oncoming traffic when she struck the median at Crawford Circle and crashed into the fencing at the pavilion after striking the victim, who was walking away from the event,” Holley said.

The victim was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with serious injuries.

Alcohol appeared to have been a factor in the crash, and a DUI investigation was initiated. Langford, 24, of Williamsburg was arrested and charged with DUI and maiming. She was not hurt in the crash.

The victim is expected to make a full recovery, Holley said.

10 On your side learned the victim is 27-year-old Cynthia Bell of Chesapeake. She posted on our WAVY Facebook page Friday afternoon that she “is alive, just a few broken bones.”

WAVY.com also learned that Langford is a law student at the College of William and Mary. She was also an intern at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newport News. That internship has been terminated.

Langford is free tonight. A magistrate allowed her out on her own recognizance.

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