On Friday afternoon, a 66-year old male cyclist was struck by a white Ford Mustang driven by a 17-year-old girl in front of Hylton High school in Woodbridge and he died on the scene. The woman was not a student at Hylton.
Her car apparently jumped the curb and onto the sidewalk where the victim was riding his bike, authorities said. The man was struck and dragged [150 feet] until the girl's car came to a stop near the school entrance.
The sidewalk is really more like a sidepath - the kind designed to be shared by cyclists and pedestrians. Police are reportedly looking at the girl's phone records and have asked her about speed to find out what the cause of the crash was.
According to officials, the only thing that slowed down the Mustang’s momentum was a flashing traffic sign, which happened to be warning drivers about the dangers of texting and driving – just feet from where the car and man landed.
Prince William County Police now say that they are seriously looking into the 17-year-old’s cell phone and focusing on her speed. The limit on Spriggs Road is 45 miles per hour, except for the section right outside Hylton High School.
That particular stretch of road rungs about the length of a football field, and there the speed is reduced to 25 miles per hour during school hours.
Police wouldn’t comment on the driver’s suspected speed, but the Mustang’s front tire was sheared off. Despite slamming into the traffic pole, the car came to rest several feet away from it.
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