A hit-and-run collision in Chesapeake, Virginia (VA), left a bicyclist with life-threatening injuries. The crash occurred close to the intersection of Military Highway and Oklahoma Drive at around 12:30 am on November 24, 2015.
Details on the injuries suffered by the woman on the bicycle were not released, but television stations reported that police found her lying in the roadway and fighting for her life. Investigators have little information about the vehicle involved in the crash. Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or knows the identity of the at-fault drive should call the Crimeline at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or text CHESTIP (274637) using the subject CRIMES.
No driver should ever leave the scene of an accident. Doing so is a criminal offense, and moral obligations exist to help individuals who are injured. Also, hit-and-run drivers harm their victims twice--first by inflicting physical injuries, and then by making the victims bear the financial costs of the crash.
The other lesson to take from the wreck in Chesapeake is that drivers must always watch for bicyclists, even around midnight on certain state highways. Bicycles are defined as vehicles under Virginia law and cyclists can legally use many public roads. This means drivers must yield right of way to bike riders, pass bicyclists safely, and slow down when moving around a bike is not possible without risking lives.