Car plows into crowd, hurts six people
By JAMES PEACEMAKER JR.
Dec 31, 2013, 21:02
HOPEWELL -- A woman has been charged after a car plowed into a group of people, sending six to the hospital on the day after Christmas.
Police say the age of the victims ranged from 4 to 34 and all were transported to Southside Regional Medical Center with injuries that were not believed to be life threatening.
Police say Satesha Ceria Linton, 24, of Hopewell, was arrested a short distance away and charged with six counts of felony hit and run and driving on a suspended license. Linton is being held at Riverside Regional Jail.
Witnesses said about 15 people were walking on Bolling Drive shortly before 2:30 p.m. when a silver Kia turned the corner off of Glouchester Drive about 50 feet feet away and gunned the engine. As the group tried to disperse to avoid being hit, the car swerved into several people as they lined up along a three-foot-tall chain-link fence, also demolishing a green curbside trash can.
A neighbor who lives nearby said the car then turned around in her driveway, leaving a piece of the car behind.
Witnesses say the car then parked behind a home about a block away in the 4000 block of Gloucester Drive, a street of small, ranch-style homes in the Kippax area.
Neighbors gathered on front lawns and nearby streets to watch as numerous police cars, ambulances and fire trucks surrounded the scene, which had been cordoned off with yellow tape.
Shortly after the crash, a man was still lying at the scene of the crash as he was being treated by emergency responders. He later walked with assistance to an awaiting ambulance with his arm in a blue splint and leaning over as though his back was injured.
Witnesses say a 4-year-old girl ran to her mother before both of them were hit. They said the mother couldn’t get up after being hit, and there was another young teen girl who was lying on the ground, unable to get up as well.
The brother of one of the victims, said his 15-year-old sister beat up the driver before the crash occurred. His sister suffered an injury to her leg in the crash, but was able to stand while being interviewed by police.
Police confirmed that driver and some of the victims were involved in a physical altercation before the crash. Police said alcohol and speed do not appear to be factors in the crash.
Linton has faced several misdemeanor charges in the past, including driving without a license and driving with a suspended license and failure to appear in court in Hopewell, the last of which she served a month in jail, according to online court records. She also faced a petit larceny charge in Colonial Heights for which she served 30 days in jail.
The Hopewell Police Department said it is still investigating. Police requested that anyone who saw anything contact Detective Michael Parsio at (804) 541-2284.