Teen struck by car on Robious Road dies, Call for sidewalks

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A teenager hit by a car while walking his bike on Robious Road has died.

Police identified the boy as 18-year-old Justin Mack of South Carolina. He was struck last Thursday night near Salisbury. He passed away over the weekend. A Midlothian man is calling for sidewalks on that busy stretch of roadway.

The news is saddening to John Newman who said something needs to be done now to make the road safer. Newman raced down his driveway the moment he heard a sound all too familiar on Robious Road.

"I actually heard if you live here long enough, you can actually hear the accidents," said Newman.

He said his daughter, and her fiance, both EMT's, did what they could to help 18-year-old Justin Mack who was lying in the median where faded roses now rest.

That was Thursday night. Mack died Saturday.

"Outside of our driveway. Yes, this is the worst accident," said Newman.

According to Chesterfield police, since January of last year and this September there have been 51 crashes on Robious between the 12,000 and 14,000 blocks during that time. 26 were not at intersections and 17 involved deer, none involved pedestrians.

Still, Newman wants sidewalks, especially for kids walking to school. For a two mile stretch of Robious, between Old Gun Road and Rivers Bend, there are no sidewalks.

"This is the only corridor neighborhoods do not interconnect so there's really no back way to get to the high school," said Newman.

The bike lane is a popular path for cyclists, joggers and walkers. But Newman said he also worries about people who walk in the median to get from point A to point B.

Newman said neighbors called for sidewalks when Robious was widened years ago.

"We tried to put input to those plans but very little was accepted, almost none of it was accepted," said Newman.

If not, a traffic signal at Salisbury he says might help.

"As you can tell the traffic never stops. They really need a traffic light at Salisbury. I think it would help slow and pulse the traffic," said Newman.

Chesterfield County officials said there is a "Safe Routes to School project" scheduled for next year for sidewalks along Polo Parkway and Robious Crossing Drive.

But as far as the section Newman is talking about, we haven't heard whether there will be any future safety improvements planned.

The driver in that crash last Thursday wasn't hurt and police don't plan to file charges.

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