Two pedestrians killed in separate Virginia Beach crashes


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Two people died over the weekend after they were struck and killed by vehicles in separate auto-pedestrian accidents in Virginia Beach.

Police say a teenager was hit near the intersection of Lynnhaven Parkway and Rosemont Road Saturday morning. Family members say 14-year-old Jericho Robinson was the victim.

“Skateboarding, great hugs, happy,” Michele Welch said over the phone about her son.

Welch said her son had been out skateboarding and biking with a friend when he was struck while returning home. Robinson was a freshman at Ocean Lakes High School, a member of the London Bridge Baptist Church Youth Ministry, and the middle child of seven siblings.

He was the first pedestrian killed over the weekend.

Police say another man was hit by a 2005 Grand Cherokee near the intersection of General Booth Boulevard and Birdneck Road around 3:50 a.m. Sunday.

Both drivers remained at the scene.

Welch wants the driver who hit her son to know her family is thinking about them in their time of sorrow.

“I just want him to know Jesus loves him, so we love him and we’re not angry. We’re not angry. We don’t want that to be the last thing that he has to worry about, us being angry at him or holding him for blame,” Welch said.

The family is holding an open memorial for Robinson on Saturday, September 24 at 2 p.m. The memorial will be held at the London Bridge Baptist Church.

Welch invites all the first responders and witnesses of the crash to attend for closure.

She also asked that all donations, flowers and money be sent to the London Bridge Baptist Church Youth Ministry.

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