Mother and daughter reunite after motorcycle crash

Michele Jones and her daughter Haleigh. Oct. 23, 2015. (WAVY/Walter Hildebrand)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – A mother and her young daughter reunited in the hospital after more than a week apart, following a motorcycle crash.

Michele Jones and her daughter Haleigh were sent to two separate hospitals to be treated for injuries from a crash in Hampton on Oct. 14.

“I remember feeling my bones crush. I remember seeing her eject up off the bike. She went straight up in the air, and I remember seeing her body twist and roll about four or five times before she hit the concrete…That was the biggest fear, was that I just saw my daughter’s neck break and her die, and I screamed, ‘Haleigh, Haleigh.’ She lifts her head up and she said, ‘Mommy,'” Jones said.

Hampton police said officers responded to a two-vehicle crash at N. Armistead Avenue and Sacramento Drive. Police said that a Honda SUV traveling south on N. Armistead Avenue made a left turn onto Sacramento Drive, and struck a 2005 Suzuki motorcycle going north on N. Armistead Avenue.

Haleigh got out of the hospital on Friday and her first stop was to Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News to see her mother.

The two have long roads ahead of them. Haleigh broke her arm and leg and dislocated her shoulder. Jones broke her leg in several places. There are scratches on Haleigh’s helmet and its plate shattered in the crash. Haleigh has been on the motorcycle many times before, but said although her mother will keep riding, she doesn’t plan to.

The driver of the SUV, Osbourne Howell, an 82-year-old Hampton man, was charged with failure to yield right of way.


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