Two teenagers walking beside a roadway in Blairs suffered life-threatening injuries when they were hit by a 2016 Nissan Sentra on Tuesday afternoon, Virginia State Police report.

The crash occurred at about 2:30 p.m. on U.S. 29 Business, near Livestock Road in Pittsylvania County.

The Nissan was traveling north on U.S. 29, when the vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old — both described as male juveniles, according to a news release issued Wednesday morning.

Both teens were transported to the hospital in Danville with life-threatening injuries, police report. The vehicle and the driver stayed at the scene.

"The investigation has found the juveniles were not in the roadway when they were struck, and that driver distraction may be a contributing factor," Sgt. Rick Garletts of the Virginia State Police, wrote in the release.

There are no charges placed at this time, and the matter has been referred to the Pittsylvania Commonwealth's Attorney, Garletts said.

The Virginia State Police Crash Reconstruction Team was called to assist with the investigation.

The crash remains under investigation.


ORIGINAL STORY:

BLAIRS — Two sets of shoes lay along the side of U.S. 29 business in Blairs on Tuesday.

They belonged to a pair of pedestrians — a 14- and a 15-year-old males — hit by a vehicle.

State police and volunteer rescue workers responded to the Livestock Road intersection at approximately 2:30 p.m. There, they found two teenagers, Sgt. Rick Garletts of the Virginia State Police wrote in an email. A medical helicopter was requested, and one lane of traffic ran in each direction while state police reconstructed the wreck, marking with bright orange spray paint the positions of shoes and chunks of car.

The windshield of a black Nissan — stopped with its hood up in the northbound lane — was smashed with a multitude of cracks snaking from its center, and standing nearby was a woman who said she is the driver’s mother, watching a tow-truck hitch up the car by its front bumper. That woman, Lisa Bethel, said she arrived at the scene shortly after receiving a call from her 20-year-old daughter. The daughter said she had been in a crash about a five minutes’ drive away from where Bethel lived.

When Bethel got to the scene, she said she saw one person loaded on a stretcher.

“I pray they [will] be all right,” she said. “I do not want this to happen to nobody’s child.”

As police spoke to Bethel’s daughter, county prosecutors surveyed the damage to the car, looking in the windows and at the debris strewn along the road and then stepping aside to talk on their cellphone or talk with police.

The conditions of the two pedestrians were not known by Tuesday evening.

Police have not named them or specified which hospital they were taken to.

The investigation is active and ongoing.

Whitlow writes for the Register & Bee. Contact him at (434) 791-7983.

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Whitlow writes for the Register & Bee. Contact him at (434) 791-7983.

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