Police on the hunt for hit-and-run driver

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Newport News police are looking for the driver of a van they say hit a teenager on a bicycle Friday night and kept going.

“It’s unacceptable to hit a human being and leave them in the street,” Officer D.J. Pointer said.

But that’s what police say happened to a 14-year-old boy around 10 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Bellwood Road and Jefferson Avenue. The teen was riding a bike with a friend in a poorly lit area when he was hit. Police say the driver kept going, and they have surveillance video from nearby businesses to back up the story.

14-year-old hit by van (Photo courtesy Turner family)
14-year-old hit by van (Photo courtesy Turner family)

“The video actually shows the van going up the street, dragging a bicycle underneath it. So, your damage is going to be to the lower front grill and bumper, and brushguard area underneath the vehicle, and possibly the right front tire,” Pointer said.

Officer Pointer said it appears the vehicle was travelling at the posted 45 mph speed limit.

“From the scene of the area of impact to where the person stopped the vehicle and removed the bicycle was over a thousand feet at night,” he said. “It’s rather difficult to make an identification at that distance.”

But police believe a maroon van or sports utility vehicle is involved.

“The videos I’ve seen, you can see it’s like a cross over vehicle, a Nissan Quest, a Honda Passport type vehicle dragging a bicycle, leaving sparks,” Pointer said.

Police continue to analyze the footage.

“We’re going to collect the videos to see if we can make an identification,” Pointer said. “We’re appealing to the public to help us. This person needs to be held accountable, and they need to come forward.”

Police ask anyone with information to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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