VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Police say a driver was likely speeding when their car hit four people riding a bike in Princess Anne Plaza. Thursday police charged an 84 year old Virginia Beach man with reckless driving.
Police say a woman and three kids were hit while riding down Doctor Drive on a bike that had a child carrier attached to the back.
“It was a really long screech of tires and then screaming, horrible screaming,” said Myra Teaters.
Tire marks on Teaters’ property show where the driver of a 2006 Nissan four-door over-corrected after making a wild turn from Dillon Drive onto Doctor Drive around 5:11 p.m., according to police.
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“It’s a school zone. It’s residential. They just need to be more responsible,” said Teaters. “I’m just praying they are alright.”
Police say the woman has serious injuries and one of the children is fighting for their life in the hospital. The two other kids are expected to be ok.
Officers believe that 84-year-old David Cherry of Virginia Beach may have been speeding at the time. He was charged with reckless driving and released. The initial investigation shows that he may have over-corrected and lost control of the vehicle.
Master Police Officer Allen Perry says speed is likely a contributing factor. Neighbors say it’s common to see cars traveling faster than the posted 25 mile an hour limit.
“That’s why we don’t let these kids out riding by themselves. I don’t even like them riding on the roads,” said Susan Doughtery, who lives one street over from the crash. “Normally we’ll take them down to the middle school in the afternoon so they can ride on the trails so they are not on the road.”
Doughtery wants to know what led up to the crash, but she’s more concerned about making sure her injured neighbors recover.
“I know it’s going to be a long road for them and they’re probably going to be pretty scared to go out on the street after this. We’ll just keep them in our prayers.”
Police say the driver and passenger of the vehicle are cooperating with the investigation.
So far, no charges have been filed. Alcohol is not a factor in the crash.
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