HENRICO, Va. – Seven people, including two kids under the age of five, were injured in an accident at Alma and E. Laburnum Avenue, according to police.
Just before noon Monday, an Infinity sedan collided with a Ford SUV at the intersection. The impact flung a Ford SUV towards a GRTC bus stop; the shelter was erected just five months ago. At the time of the accident, there were 5 adults and 3 children waiting for the GRTC bus to arrive.
Police have arrested the driver of the Infinity sedan (car that hit SUV into bus stop), Iman Robinson, for reckless driving and operating a motor vehicle while having a suspended license.
Four of the adults were transported to VCU Medical Center with minor injuries. One child was transported to VCU Medical Center with minor injuries and the other with life threatening injuries after being pinned by a vehicle.
"It was really bad to look at, but the first thought was to try and get the little girl out," said Randy Oakley, who works nearby. He said the father of the girl also tried to get the child out but he too was injured and bleeding.
Oakley said he heard another child was knocked out.
Oakley said after 37 years of witnessing accidents at the intersection, with his own daughter even being injured, he is requesting a stoplight for traffic.
Neither alcohol or speed were factors to this crash, police said.
Neighboring business owners said this was the most tragic accident they've seen, but not the only one.
"We've been here for two years, and we've seen some serious accidents where people have been really critically hurt," said Sonia Brown.
The salon owner said she's even been to the county administration about broken street lights and complained about the need for a stoplight at the intersection.
She said GRTC riders avoided a similar fate just a few months ago, when another car careened into the sidewalk.
"The people were there but they were able to flee, but the car was stuck up on the sidewalk."
Residents said they don't know what it will take to convince county leaders to do something, if Monday’s accident didn't open any eyes.
"I hope something is done very, very soon," said Brown.
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