Police investigating possible hit and run involving city fire

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond police are investigating a possible hit and run involving a city fire truck. Witnesses told police two children riding bicycles were hit Monday night at the intersection of Forest Hill Avenue and Westover Hills Boulevard.

Richmond police and fire aren't saying much as they investigate, but one witness, who didn't want to go on camera, says a heavy downpour, street flooding and Fourth of July traffic made for a chaotic moment at this intersection.

Less than 24 hours later, a normal busy intersection. A dramatic difference from how one man describes what was happening.

Most restaurants and businesses nearby had closed up shop for the holiday. But one man, who was working in the area, tells us there was a lot of commotion. He said the sides of the roads were flooding and cars sprayed water as they passed by officers directing fireworks traffic.

Police tell us at about 7:30, rain was coming down heavy when officers found two children on bicycles who were hurt. Witnesses told police a Richmond fire truck may have hit the young cyclists and some allege the truck never stopped as it went through the intersection.

Richmond fire tells me the truck was leaving the scene of this house fire and heading to another house fire on the North Side. At that time, Richmond fire said there were two simultaneous calls for lightening strikes at homes and the truck took the north Richmond call.

Both children were checked out at the hospital, but are expected to be okay. The Richmond police crash team is now piecing together what exactly happened.

"If you saw something you're asked to give Crime Stoppers a call at 780-1000 and you can remain anonymous. Richmond police tell us they're still interviewing witnesses.

Once they're done with that, they'll consult with the Commonwealth's attorney on how to move forward.

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