VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A bicyclist is in critical condition after a sport utility vehicle struck him at the intersection of Holland Road and Lynnhaven Parkway, Tuesday morning.
According to Virginia Beach MPO Tonya Borman, the 43-year-old male bicyclist was struck by a 2006 Acura MDX while crossing Lynnhaven Parkway at Holland Road, at around 5 a.m.
Officials closed the intersection for several hours while they investigated. It reopened shortly after 8:30 a.m.
Police said the Acura entered the intersection, with a green light, as the bicyclist was crossing. The Acura then struck the bicyclist, causing him to be ejected from the bike.
Dan Frisby, who works nearby, said, “Well when I got here, we were just looking around seeing what’s going on, and I saw a bicycle frame and two wheels sitting in the intersection there. I was like, oh no! Somebody got hit on a bicycle.”
The bicyclist was transported to a nearby hospital, with life-threatening injuries.
Police said the driver of the Acura pulled into a shopping center on Lynnhaven Parkway and walked to the scene where rescue units were already treating the bicyclist. However, the driver walked back to the SUV and headed to work to call police.
A witness believing this was a hit-and-run followed the SUV until police were able to stop it along Lynnhaven Parkway and Cherie Drive, about one mile away.
Virginia Beach Police said no charges will be filed at this time.