4-month-old uninjured after police chase

By: Laura Geller - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A Richmond daycare center turned into a crime scene Saturday night when a police chase ended with a car smashing into the building. The two mile chase ended just after 10:00 p.m. in the 2900 block of Moss Side Avenue, just off Brookland Park Boulevard. The driver, 21-year-old Javon Curtis, is still in the hospital. He was hurt, but the 4-month-old in the car with him is okay.

For many, it's too frightening to imagine what could have happened if the Blessings For You daycare center was open when Curtis' 2000 Mercury Sable came barreling into the building. Michelle Sellers has taught here for almost seven years. Sunday morning she came to survey the damage.

"What if we would have been here," she said. "What if it would have been a week day and a kid would have been hurt or somebody would have been hurt. That would have been a real tragedy."

A tragedy that would have started with a simple traffic stop.

State Police say a trooper tried to pullover Curtis because he was driving without the headlights on. A trooper originally stopped Curtis at the intersection of Meadowbridge Road. It's about a two mile straight shot up Brookland Park Boulevard to the crash site. We're told Curtis' car reached 90mph in that vehicle, a 17-year old, 19-year old, and a four-month-old baby girl strapped in a car seat. At the scene witnesses describe the chaos.

"First I heard sirens, said nearby resident Matthew Holmes. "I heard a swerve sound and then a big boom."

The baby was not injured. The three men were taken to VCU Medical Center but no one was badly hurt.

"We don't appreciate this," said Holmes. "I don't like it and it's got to change."

The building on Moss Side Avenue had been condemned and Sunday staff made arrangements for the kids to be transferred to a facility on Brook Road.

"I definitely didn't think I'd be doing this on my Sunday morning," said Sellers. "But it's ok. Transition. You have to be flexible."

We won't receive a formal charges from police until Curtis is released from the hospital.

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