Woman hit by pickup truck on Va. Beach Oceanfront

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A woman was hit by a pickup truck Thursday morning at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, according to police.

Police say the woman was taken to a local hospital with what are being called “significant injuries.”

Officers responded to the Oceanfront beach just after 10:45 a.m. A preliminary investigation found a four-door civilian pickup hit the woman as she was sitting in a beach chair.

Kayleigh Rogers was sunbathing when she heard screams and a call for 911.  She says she ran to the woman after the incident happened.

“So my mother and I rushed up and helped her. We calmed her down, told her it was going to be OK, told her to breathe and helped her out until paramedics and EMTs came,” Rogers said. “The extent of her injuries were on the left side. She was dislocated [her leg]. It was turned over, as well as her arm, which were pretty bad, and she had some cuts and lacerations on it.”

Police spokesperson Tonya Pierce says the person driving the truck is an individual contractor who works with different event organizers, and was on the beach picking up equipment from a recent event.

Pierce spoke with reporters Thursday afternoon around two hours after the incident. The contractor was attempting to make a u-turn when the incident happened, according to Pierce.

There is no information on potential charges at this time. Pierce says the contractor was authorized to be in a vehicle on the beach.