Snowfall sends cars spinning

Posted at 11:22 PM, Jan 25, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-25 23:56:32-05

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) -- Walking and riding a bike may have been a better way of getting around Friday as dozens of drivers across Central Virginia ended up running off the road.

Chesterfield mother Melissa Woods got a double dose of winter weather when she was sideswiped while waiting for a tow truck to pull her out of a ditch on Newby's Bridge Road.

"Out of nowhere from Jacobs this car came and I said, 'Oh my God, he hit me,' -- and my mom said, 'call 911'" she said. "Where it hit me on the side-I couldn't get out of my door."

Chesterfield police are looking for the driver of a Cadillac who fled the scene.

The slushy, wintry mix was so slick-even tow truck drivers found it tricky. Secondary roads were under a sheet of ice.

Veteran triple-tow truck driver Thomas Moretz said that makes his job a little more difficult. He said he received a lot of calls for winches, gas and tire changes Friday.

Another woman ended up sliding off the road and calling her mom for a rescue. But when her mother arrived, she ran into the ditch, too.

Luckily, the woman's mother was a AAA member, so when crews arrived, both women were pulled out.