Bicyclist seriously injured in Elizabeth City

Posted at 12:00 PM, Apr 17, 2014
and last updated 2014-04-17 12:00:20-04

Elizabeth City, N.C. – A man was seriously injured Wednesday evening after a vehicle collision in Elizabeth City, police tell NewsChannel 3.

On April 16, 2014 at 7:25 p.m. a crash occurred at Halstead Blvd. and Peartree Road involving a motor vehicle and a bicyclist.

A 2004 Mercedes Benz (Maryland Registration) operated by 21-year-old Tasia Foote, an Elizabeth City State student residing at 1704 Weeksville Road, was traveling westbound on Halstead Boulevard. The motor vehicle struck 44-year-old Demetrius Banks, a resident of Walkers Avenue, who was riding a bicycle southbound on Peartree Road through the intersection at Halstead Blvd.

Banks was struck by the motor vehicle on his left side, according to police.

After the point of impact, the motor vehicle apparently stopped in the turn lane. Banks was located several feet in front of the motor vehicle, along with his bicycle. The motor vehicle showed evidence of Banks impacting the front bumper, hood, and windshield of the vehicle.

Banks was transported to Albemarle Hospital via ambulance and was subsequently flown to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

Halstead Blvd. was blocked off between Peartree Road and Roanoke Avenue for several hours while officers investigated the accident.

Foote was seen in the emergency room at Albemarle Hospital complaining of glass in her eyes and face.

No witnesses to the wreck were found.

The caller reporting the accident stated that he did not see what caused the accident, but saw the aftermath.

Banks is in the trauma ICU unit at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and currently on a ventilator, suffering from multiple fractures to both legs and head trauma, police tell NewsChannel 3.

So far, no charges have been made.

Stay with NewsChannel 3 for updates as they become available.