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Driver accused of hitting and killing Henrico woman in wheelchair charged


The driver accused of hitting and killing a Henrico woman in a wheelchair has now been charged. 

65-year-old Ora Mae Evans was struck on Tonoka Drive Thursday morning. The Henrico Commonwealth's attorney's office confirms the person behind the wheel of the car will be charged with reckless driving, but the name has not yet been released.

Evans was found lying outside her home, just a few feet from her driveway. Now her family is speaking out, hoping to bring attention to this crash and hoping it will bring changes to this street.

Evans was a diabetic and used a wheelchair to get around. Her family has been taking care of her for 20 years. 

But on Thursday morning, no amount of help could save her life. 

"Her head was in the concrete," said Harvey Lee  Evans Jr.

He is Ora Mae's son and was by his mother's side first. 

"I said, ‘Mom, Mom Mom!' She was breathing a little bit and that was it," he said.  

Police say Ora Mae was in her wheelchair on Tonoka Road when a car crashed into the 65-year-old woman. Other family members soon arrived, including Ora Mae's younger sister Shirley Mooney. 

"I saw the white blanket, the sheet lying on top of her and I asked the question: ‘Was my sister dead?'" she said.

They had just talked on the phone that morning. 

"Thank God I did, I had a chance to hear her voice," Mooney added.

There are several surveillance cameras. Neighbors say some of those cameras caught the crash and that video is now with police. 

Police say Evans was pronounced dead at the scene. The family tells says the driver of the Toyota Camry that crashed into Evans lives in the neighborhood. While police say speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the crash, this family now wants change. 

"We need signs posted, yield signs, stop signs. We need speed bumps out here," said Mooney.

Now, a woman's only son is left with memories. 

"It's my mama, I'm going to miss her. I love her," Harvey said.

NBC12 reached out to Henrico County's traffic engineering department. A director says while there are no complaints from that area, engineers are willing to work with neighbors to see what types of things can be done to make sure drivers pay more attention on that road.

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