WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WJLA) -- Though it’s now barely recognizable, what this truck driver is carrying is a bicycle – mangled and shredded. It is all we can show of what happened to the 66-year-old man who had been riding it only minutes before.
He was pronounced dead at the scene
The cyclist had been riding down a sidewalk right outside Hylton High School, when police say a white Ford Mustang, driven by a 17-year-old girl, jumped the curb. She left the roadway, and continued on to eventually hit a light pole – dragging the victim at least 150 feet along the way.
Police are currently investigating whether there is any indication of alcohol, drugs, or the involvement of a cell phone.
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.
There are traffic reconstruction markings, but no obvious signs of skid marks.
The driver is not a student of Hylton High School, police say.