Mail carrier hit by car in Henrico following fights after pep rally, Crime Insider sources tell Jon Burkett

Burkett: Mom allegedly sped through the parking lot, hit a mail truck delivery driver — and flipped that mail truck over
Highland Springs pep rally fight
Posted at 7:15 PM, Sep 15, 2023
and last updated 2023-09-15 23:09:22-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- A mail carrier was injured in a wreck after a fight broke out outside of Highland Springs High School following a pep rally Friday afternoon, Crime Insider sources told Jon Burkett.

Officers were called to the 200 block S. Airport Drive just after 4:10 p.m. for a report of a fight, according to dispatch logs.

The wreck, which happened at 4:27 p.m., occurred in a nearby shopping center parking lot along Airport Drive.

"My sources telling me that fights broke out after a pep rally at Highland Springs High School where they have a home football game tonight," Burkett said during a live report on CBS 6 News at 6 p.m. "Several of those fights spilled into nearby neighborhoods and a nearby parking lot."

That is when a wreck happened as a mother was coming to pick up her son in that parking lot.

"A woman gets a call from her son saying he was witnessing the fight here in the parking lot," Burkett said. "She allegedly sped through the parking lot, hit a mail truck delivery driver — and flipped that mail truck over."

Police say the woman sped through the parking lot in an SUV and struck a USPS carrier van, which overturned the vehicle and ejected
the driver.

The mail carrier, an adult male, was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Iva Lee, a parent of a Highland Springs High School student says the situation was scary.

"It's sad. A mom obviously trying to rush to get her kid, fights break out, arguments, and the mailman was doing his job," Lee said. "It just so happened she hit the corner, hit him, and knocked him over."

Two teenagers who were also hit by the SUV suffered minor injuries and were attended to by the school nurse.

"It's sad that the kids go through this. I have a daughter that's in the 11th grade, she goes there but was homeschooled today," Lee said. "She wasn't involved but it could've been my child. It's sad for everybody and it's scary now. It's real scary."

Officers working the crash scene urged folks in the area who may have left when police arrived to call detectives and report what they witnessed.

The woman driving the vehicle has been charged with reckless driving and was released on a summons. She is now scheduled to appear in court within the next two weeks.

Henrico Police say their crash team along with the county's Commonwealth Attorney's office will decide on any further charges that may be brought forth.

Henrico Police are also working with the county's public school system regarding the assaults that occurred Thursday afternoon. Charges are currently pending.

If you have information that could help detectives, call Henrico Police at 804-501-5000 or Crime Stoppers 804-780-1000. If you were in the area and saw something, submit an anonymous tip via All tips submitted on P3Tips or Crime Stoppers are anonymous.

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