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UPDATE: Bicyclist hit by SUV in Virginia Beach; Driver not charged

Posted at 6:37 AM, Sep 16, 2014

Virginia Beach, Va. -  A bicyclist was hit by a vehicle and seriously injured on early Tuesday morning in the intersection of Lynnhaven Parkway and Holland Road.

Police responded to the scene at 5:19 a.m. after receiving a call that the bicyclist had been hit.

The investigation revealed that the victim, a 43-year-old man, was riding his bicycle southbound on Holland Road when he attempted to cross Lynnhaven Pkwy.

As the man on the bicycle was crossing in the pedestrian crosswalk, an Acura MDX SUV entered the intersection with a green light and hit the victim. The force of the hit caused the bicyclist to be thrown into the intersection.

The Acura pulled into a shopping center on Lynnhaven Parkway and walked to the scene where Rescue Units were already treating the victim. The victim was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries where he remains in critical condition.

According to police, the driver of the SUV spoke to rescue workers but since there were no police on scene, he returned to his vehicle and started driving to his job nearby to call police since he didn't have a cell phone.

A witness who believed the driver to be fleeing from the scene, called police and gave the Acura's location to a 911 Operator until the vehicle was stopped at Cherie Drive, approximately one mile away.

Officers interviewed the driver and after investigators conferred with the Commonwealth Attorney's office, it was determined that no charges would be filed at this time.

Police do say it appears as though the bicyclist should not have been in the crosswalk but that they are still investigating.

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