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Two pedestrians hit by cars in Woodbridge, charged with traffic violations

February 18, 2011 - 02:26 PM
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Yesterday two young men were hit by cars in Woodbridge as they tried to cross Jefferson Davis Highway. Both of the men were flown to local hospitals with injuries, and both of them were ultimately charged with "careless interference with traffic" for crossing outside of the designated crosswalks.

At around 5:19, Elmer Stephen Hernandez, 19, was crossing the highway near Mount Pleasant Drive in Woodbridge when he was struck by a Ford F-150 truck. Hernandez's injuries weren't life-threatening, and after being charged he was released with a summons.

A little over two hours after Hernandez's crash, Saul Alberto, 31, was crossing in the 14200 block of Jefferson Davis Highway when he was hit by a Volkswagen Passat. His injuries weren't life-threatening, either, and he was released with a summons as well.

Although it would be nice to have mercy on someone who was just hit by a car, "You can't cross the street anywhere you want, especially on Route 1," says Prince William police spokesman Officer Jonathan L. Perok.

The charge is a traffic offense -- not a criminal one -- and could result in a fine.

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