Two pedestrians are suffering life-threatening injuries after being struck by a car Tuesday, Virginia State Police reported.
The 14- and 15-year-old boys, from Danville, were walking alongside — but out of — the road when a 2016 Nissan Sentra hit them. The car was travelling north on U.S. 29 business, at the Livestock Road intersection, and ran off the side of the road. Police reported they believe “driver distraction” may have contributed to the crash, which left the black Nissan with a smashed windshield and the shoes of the two teens along the curb.
Sgt. Rick Garletts of the Virginia State Police did not identify the juveniles or the driver in an email. He also would not specify the type of driver distraction that may have played a role in the collision. He was unsure how far the car ran off the road to hit the teenagers.
Both the juveniles were taken to a Danville hospital with serious injuries while the driver and car remained at the scene. No charges have been filed in connection to the incident, but the matter was referred to the Pittsylvania County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, state police reported.
The driver was going the speed limit of 45 mph when the crash happened, Garletts said.
The crash remains under investigation.