A 67-year-old man was struck by a wreckless car last Tuesday afternoon as he was walking just outside the entrance of the Martin’s grocery store in Chester. The man, a Chester resident, was then transported to MCV where he was treated for life-threatening injuries.
The Chesterfield County Police Department is not releasing the man’s name; but Elizabeth Caroon, public information coordinator for the police department, said last Thursday that “Right now, this is not a fatal crash.”
Police later identified the driver as Peggy D. Eure, a 74-year-old Chester resident. According to Caroon, criminal charges are pending.
Onlookers said Eure had accelerated abruptly, jumped a median in the Martin’s parking lot, and then hit the man as he was about to reach the store’s sidewalk just seconds before she crashed the vehicle into the front of Martin’s brick outer walls.
Darrell Adkins, a Chesterfield resident, witnessed the accident as he was leaving Martin’s with his girlfriend Mallory Mingos. He said the man’s body, in receiving the blow, flipped in the air several times before landing down hard on the pavement several feet away from where the initial impact occurred.
“It all happened so fast that I barely knew what had happened,” he said. “It was a freak accident and really makes you think of all that can happen in such a short amount of time.”
According to Adkins, police and paramedics arrived within minutes of Adkins’ emergency call, just before several ambulances took the injured man, Ms. Eure, and her passenger to the hospital. However, police and investigative units remained on the scene long after the accident first occurred, which was at approximately 12:30 p.m.
Despite a large portion of the parking lot being taped off for police to inspect and document the crash, Martin’s grocery store did, however, continue to stay open.
At this time, the crash is still under investigation.