A Huguenot High School student was killed in a severe car accident on the Southside Friday morning.
Police said Antonio Shands Jr., 18, was riding in a car with four other people. Investigators said the car ran a stop sign on Old Westham Road. They said the Chevrolet Malibu was hit by a lone driver in a pick-up truck traveling on Cherokee Road, just after 10:30 a.m..
Other passengers in the car were taken to VCU Medical Center, but weren't seriously hurt. It is not known yet what school the other riders attended.
"Not surprised… but I'm really sad," said D'Anne Graham, who lives a few homes down from where the accident happened.
Graham said she's not shocked something like this happened down the road from her home since drivers often speed through the neighborhood. "They just blow through," said Graham.
Neighbors also said the intersection is particularly dangerous because of all the trees covering the visibility of the turn, including the stop sign.
"You can't see…We've been hit several times coming around the corner," said Jennifer Johnson, who lives near the accident.
Johnson said she and other neighbors have asked the city for help in slowing speeders on her street. "We rarely see any police presence around here," she said.
However, Friday morning, there was an overwhelming police presence on the block, as officers are still investigating details of the heart-wrenching crash. Police said charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.
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