PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - Two pedestrians suffered serious injuries after being struck while flagging down help on I-264 Tuesday afternoon.
The crash occurred just before noon in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 264 at Victory Boulevard in Portsmouth. Sgt. Michelle Anaya with the Virginia State Police told WAVY.com a Toyota Rav4 ended up in the median between the east and westbound lanes.
Roy Clifford Hilborn of Chesapeake, a Good Samaritan, stopped at the road's shoulder, crossed the highway and attempted to flag down help with the driver of the Toyota, identified as Nellya M. Vinarova of Virginia Beach.
Traffic came to a quick stop when Hilborn and Vinarova tried to flag down a tow truck driver who slowed down, possibly in an effort to help the two.
Vincent Brown of Suffolk was driving a Chevy pick-up truck, and was forced to slam on the brakes, striking Hilborn and Vinarova at the median. Hilborn and VInarova suffered serious injuries and were transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.
Anaya said charges are pending based on the Commonwealth's review of the case.
Troopers stressed how important it is to stay in a vehicle if there is a problem and call for help.
"This appears to be an unavoidable accident but at this time everything is still under investigation," Anaya said. "Unfortunately, on the interstate you have high speeds. That's why pedestrians are not allowed on the interstate. We highly and encourage that people stay inside their vehicles and wait for help. Dial State Police, dial #77, 911 and we can come up and help you."
All lanes of Interstate 264 eastbound and one westbound lane were closed as crews conducted an investigation. Traffic was rerouted from the interstate to Greenwood Drive to Airline Boulevard to Victory Boulevard and then back onto Interstate 264.
The roads reopened by 2 p.m. Tuesday.
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