Virginia Beach can be a dangerous place for cyclists. The city has an unenviable record for cars hitting bicyclists.
I was saddened to read about another crash early Tuesday in which a bicyclist was hit at the intersection of Holland Road and Lynnhaven Parkway, Tuesday morning.
Tonya Borman of Virginia Beach police said a male bicyclist, who is believed to be in his 40’s, was hit by a SUV while crossing Lynnhaven Parkway at Holland Road, at around 5 a.m.
The force of the impact sent the cyclist crashing off his bike. A WAVY.com report said the SUV continued north along Lynnhaven Parkway, according to police. A witness called police and followed the SUV until officers were able to stop it along Lynnhaven Parkway and Cherie Drive.
WAVY reported that the cyclist has been transported to a nearby hospital, with life-threatening injuries. Police are reported to be interviewing a person of interest but no charges have been brought yet.
The accident scene led to the closure of the intersection for several hours while police investigated. It reopened shortly after 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 16.
It has been a grim 24 hours for cyclists and pedestrians in Virginia Beach and Norfolk. Police have confirmed an auto-pedestrian crash in Norfolk on Monday evening, during which a teenager received serious injuries.
Tidewater Drive is notorious for accidents involving pedestrians. The latest incident happened around 6:15 p.m. at the intersection of Tidewater Drive and Brambleton Avenue, reported WAVY.com. Police found an injured 16-year-old at the scene. He was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, where he is in critical condition, according to police.
“A preliminary investigation indicated the teen and two others were trying to cross the intersection when the teen ran in front of a Ford Ranger that was traveling south on Tidewater Drive,” reported WAVY.com
Pedestrians and cyclists are extremely vulnerable on the fast-mowing highways of Hampton Roads. Even the safest and most cautious pedestrians and cyclists cannot protect themselves against every negligent driver. If you are hit in a crosswalk, the fault of the driver is especially clear. Drivers can also be liable for accidents in other locations. If you have been hurt on a bike or on foot, call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077 or see CooperHurley.com.