NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A driver is facing a reckless driving charge after rear-ending a vehicle, sideswiping another and knocking a pregnant woman to the ground outside a Starbucks.
The chain of events happened around 2:30 Friday afternoon on the 700 block of J Clyde Morris Boulevard.
Witnesses say the woman, who is nine months pregnant, had just purchased a drink inside the coffee shop when the car ran into her on the patio.
“There was a lot of noise, a lot of stuff going on,” said Caleb Myers, who was inside Starbucks. “It was probably 15 people gathered around. I even saw a lady from the store jump into help and stabilize her neck and make sure she was okay.”
Terry Swanson, who works nearby, says he watched the 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee rear-end a car on J Clyde Morris Boulevard before veering off the road into the Starbucks parking lot.
“It plowed through here, hit two cars here and became airborne,” said Swanson.
Police say a 63-year-old woman was behind the wheel of the Jeep. The woman claimed after the first crash that the floor mat prevented her from breaking, according to the accident report.
Myers says he talked with the woman after the crash.
“She said, ‘I don’t know why I didn’t stop. I don’t know what happened,'” said Myers. “She was very upset, very embarrassed and just very shocked at the whole situation, which I can only imagine being on her end how that’s got to feel.”
After getting checked out at the hospital, the victim and her baby were listed in ‘good’ condition, according to a spokesperson at Riverside Regional Medical Center.
The driver of the Jeep was issued a summons for reckless driving.