West End jogger injured, clipped by truck

Posted at 8:12 AM, Oct 24, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-24 18:19:31-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - A woman jogging before sunrise in the West End of Richmond was injured Thursday morning when she was clipped by a passing pick-up truck, according to Richmond Police.

The jogger stepped out into the road, police said. The incident happened about 6:50 a.m. near the intersection of Grove Ave. and Clarke Rd.

A woman contacted CBS 6 and said that the truck was trailing her down Grove, and the driver sped around her just before the collision.

"When she was rolling across the street, it really looked like a black blob. almost like a trash can rolling across the road so it didn't look like she had anything on that would make her visible to the driver," Meagan said.

A runner herself, she was very shaken by the accident. "Definitely made me rethink to be very careful when I run."

"You can't count on cars seeing you, best thing is to make eye contact with driver--wave--let him know you see him," Don Garber, a coach and marathon runner said.  "If they don't see you, assume they're gonna hit you."

He said that moments like these are the reason he constantly preaches safety to runners. With the season change, and lessened light, he recommends a safety vest or headlamp that increases visibility.

The extent of jogger's injuries are not yet known.

Police said the incident was under investigation and at this point no charges have been filed.