Roanoke teens recovering after being hit by truck while walking
A white Ford pickup ran off the road, hit a power pole before hitting them
ROANOKE, Va. – Two teens hit by a pickup truck in southwest Roanoke are out of the hospital and recovering from minor injuries, according to neighbors.
Surveillance video shows the moment of impact. 10 News decided to only broadcast up to when the teens were hit.
The two teenagers were walking on the sidewalk along Brandon Avenue when a white Ford pickup ran off the road, hitting the power pole before striking them.
The accident also caused a house fire next door.
Both teens, as well as the driver, were then taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, according to Roanoke police.
The accident also led to a house fire next door.
10 News spoke with Debra Marshall, who lives in the home where the crash happened.
She said her daughter goes to school with the two teens at Patrick Henry High School and said people need to drive more carefully on that street.
"There's quite a few times where I almost got hit back here pulling into my driveway even with my blinker on. We've had people blow their horns going the other way. They'll blow their horns at you because they expect you to go," said Marshall.
Hannah Richardson, a classmate of the pair who was hit, was inside her home near the scene of the accident when a pickup truck hit a power pole, just before striking the two teens walking on the sidewalk in front of her house.
"I was really worried that her leg could have been split open because it looked like the rim of the truck was on her leg," said Richardson. "It's upsetting because I know this road can be really dangerous at times, and it's not really that safe to walk down."
Police say the pair appeared to have non-life threatening injuries, but neighbors are still shaken and believe something like this was bound to happen.
"Even after he hit the pole the truck continued to travel over the top of what was left of the pole and lines were flying everywhere and debris was flying everywhere," said neighbor Mark Smoot.
Police say the man driving the truck also had non-life threatening injuries.
Richardson and Marshall are praying for the students while they await more details on the case.
"Just to help them, you know, because it's got to be traumatic for them to be walking down the sidewalk and the next thing you know you're pinned under a truck," said Marshall.
While the incident is still under investigation, police say no charges have been placed at this time.
10 News spoke on the phone today with 17-year-old old girl was hit, and she says she and her friend will be okay and they're thankful they weren't hurt badly.
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