A collision involving two cars sent two people to the hospital Tuesday Evening in Colonial Heights.
The Chesterfield County accident occurred at 15928 Jefferson Davis Highway in a Family Dollar parking lot. According to Virginia Police, an elderly man who was driving a Chevrolet HHR experienced a medical occurrence that caused him to crash into three vehicles and hit a woman who happened to be walking in the parking lot.
Multiple witnesses said the Chevrolet collided with a Nissan Altima then a Honda CRV causing the CRV to hit the pedestrian in the Family Dollar parking lot.
A local witness, Trina Shaw, said she saw the entire incident unfold, and she is still in “shock.”
“He hit that car, and that car hit the woman. And it threw her up against the wall of the building,” she added.
The Chevrolet, after hitting the Honda, then hit a Jeep Patriot that was parked, causing the Jeep to collide through a gate and roll downhill and hit a wire to a Dominion poll, stopping vehicles before the car entered traffic on Jefferson Davis Highway.
“It happened so fast; I was hoping nobody was in that SUV,” Shaw shared. “He was looking crazy like something was wrong, so I knew it had to be something medically related.”
The elderly man driving the Chevrolet and the pedestrian hit by the Honda CRV were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. It hasn’t been released whether victims will press charges; it is also unknown if the man shouldn’t have been driving under his condition or if he will be charged with any traffic violations in Chesterfield County.
Considering last year Virginia experienced 120,282 car crashes, it’s a miracle this three vehicle collision, pedestrian injury, and Highway stopping incident didn’t involve a death. Last year’s traffic injuries added up to over 63 thousand. That averages to two injuries per crash in Virginia’s 2014.