State police: Hit-and-run sends 2 bicyclists to hospital

Posted at 5:05 PM, May 11, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-13 07:10:34-04

CHARLES CITY COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) - Virginia State Police are investigating a hit and run on Route 106 that sent two adult male bicyclists to VCU Medical Center.

Sergeant Molnar tells us shortly after 11:30 Saturday morning, police responded to a hit and run motor vehicle crash on Route 106, approximately one mile south of Old Union Road in Charles City County.

The crash occurred when a driver of a tractor-trailer, who was traveling northbound, attempted to pass a group of four bicyclists that were also traveling northbound.

We are told the tractor-trailer driver crossed over the double solid line and into the southbound travel lane to pass. The driver then swerved back into his lane to avoid striking a vehicle head-on and struck two bicyclists.

"When you round a turn, and you've got four bicyclists in the road, that's tough," John Hicks, who lives off of Route 106, said.  "You're not expecting it."

The two bicyclists, who were wearing a safety helmet, suffered serious non-life threatening injuries and were flown by med-flight to VCU Medical Center.

The bicyclists were taking a part in a race that consisted of over a thousand participants.

The tractor-trailed did not stop at the crash scene. Witnesses described the cab of the tractor being red in color and the trailer being white in color.

Anyone with information on the tractor-trailer is asked to contact state police at (804) 553-3445.

This crash remains under investigation.

Stay with CBS 6 News and for details on this developing story.