Motorcycle that struck boy had fled traffic stop

Updated: Jun. 17, 2019 at 5:22 PM EDT
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HENRICO, Va. (WWBT) - A boy is recovering after being struck by a motorcycle while he was riding his bike.

Crews were called to the 100 block of North Beech Avenue just after 11 a.m. in Highland Springs on Sunday.

Virginia State Police said a trooper attempted to stop a motorcycle for going 97 mph on Interstate 295. The motorcyclist fled the trooper and exited onto Nine Mile Road.

VSP said the trooper lost sight of the motorcycle but remained in the area in case it reappeared. The trooper was notified of a crash involving a motorcycle and a juvenile approximately eight minutes later. The trooper arrived on scene of the crash and determined it was the same motorcycle that had fled the traffic stop.

Alexander Rashad Pettiford, 27, of Fayetteville, NC, was charged by VSP with felony eluding, possession of a concealed weapon, two counts of reckless driving, speeding and six traffic infractions.

He was also given a reckless driving charge by Henrico police.

Officials said Pettiford was denied bond.

“People should just have the common sense to just see a child and think, ‘Hey, maybe they might run in the street.’” said neighbor Gkyle. “I really just hope he’s okay. He’s always out here playing with the rest of the kids. There’s a lot of kids on this block.”

Gkyle’s grand kids are two of the kids on the block. He worries for their safety, and says they’re not allowed to play in the front of the house.

“They play in the backyard. You can’t stop people from doing what they want to do,” he said.

Investigators have not said whether the speed of the cyclist played a factor in the crash, but area residents say that has been an issue for as long as some of them have lived here.

“A lot of people just fly them down this road. They don’t care, they don’t live here,” said another North Beech avenue resident, William Peth.

He raised two daughters on this street for 15 years – and he says he’s tried many times to get drivers to slow down.

"I yell at people when they speed up and down the road, but that don’t stop nobody,” said Peth.

Police said the juvenile was taken to the VCU Medical Center to be treated for his injuries, but no word yet on his condition.

The incident is under investigation.

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