JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) - The driver of a car ran over a man and dragged him for 4 miles before another motorist notified him of the man under his vehicle in James City County Saturday.
The man who was dragged survived and remains at the Medical College of Virginia with serious injuries and is said to be paralyzed from the neck down.
James City County police spokesman Maj. Steve Rubino said the drivers of two cars were racing in the 8900 block of Richmond Road around 3 p.m. Saturday. A 31-year-old Lanexa man driving a 1997 Volkswagen lost control near the James City Recycling Center. The car hydroplaned on the wet road, spun several times, struck a tree and ejected the driver.
The driver of the second car, a 22-year-old Providence Forge man, told police he had been racing with the driver of the Volkswagen, saw the vehicle crash and ran over what he believed to be debris from the accident.
The debris turned out to be the driver of the Volkswagen. The 22-year-old man stopped in New Kent County after another motorist notified him of the man under his Honda.
An 8-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl in the Volkswagen suffered non-life threatening injuries in the crash. Rubino said medics took the girl to MCV and the boy to Williamsburg Sentara Regional Hospital. Their relationship to the driver was not clear, Rubino said.
Police said there was no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash. However, speed and road conditions contributed to the crash. The accident remains under investigation, and no charges have been filed at this time.
Police had the westbound lanes of Richmond Road closed for several hours during the crash investigation.
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