Police Search For Clues in Newport News Hit-and-Run Cycling Accident

Cyclists often suffer severe injuries when they are hit by cars, vans, or trucks. We were appalled to read about a Newport News hit-and-run cycling accident that left the rider with critical injuries.

Emergency crews responded to the incident in the 1200 block of Tyler Avenue on Wednesday morning.

Newport News police said a man was riding his bike on Tyler Avenue when he was struck by a vehicle. The driver escaped the accident scene going north on Tyler Avenue following the accident, according to police.

Police said the driver of the van that hit the cyclist before leaving the scene appeared to work for a furniture company. The van was reported to be white and to date from the late 90s with black lettering on the side. No description of the van driver or tag information was available.

A report on WAVY.com noted the cyclist was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. Police report he was listed in a critical but stable condition.

Our thoughts are with this bicyclist and his family after this Newport News hit-and-run cycling accident. It’s bad enough to cause a serious accident. It’s inexcusable to run from a wreck scene.

Police seek answers in Newport News Hit-and-Run Cycling Accident

Sadly, we report on many hit-and-run accidents on the Virginia Peninsula.

Newport News Hit-and-Run Cycling Accident is Not an Isolated Case

In April, a hit-and-run accident was reported in Hampton. A pedestrian died of her injuries after she was struck in a parking lot in the 400 block of Woodview Lane.

All too often, drivers hit pedestrians or cyclists and flee the accident scenes. In 2014, a driver was arrested in Newport News for hit-and-run after a homeless man was struck by a pickup truck. The man was mown down on March 7, 2014, near the intersection of 74th Street and Jefferson Avenue.

Video surveillance showed the white pickup hitting the homeless man on Jefferson Avenue and driving away from the scene.

Wednesday morning’s accident was the second to be reported in Newport News.

On the same morning in the city, a motorcyclist was injured after he was hit by a car on Warwick Boulevard.

The crash occurred near 63rd Street. Newport News police officers said they believe a  77-year-old man driving the car made a left turn from 63rd Street into the far right lane, striking the motorcyclist traveling northbound on Warwick Boulevard, The Daily Press reported.

The motorcyclist received injuries that were described as serious but non-life-threatening, according to reports.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a hit-and-run accident or another serious wreck, please contact our experienced Virginia personal injury lawyers at (757) 455-0077.

Jim Hurley

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