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South Boston Woman Injured In Parking Lot Wreck

A 55-year-old South Boston woman was slightly injured in the parking lot of a Riverdale restaurant Tuesday morning, according to town police.
Officer R. L. Lawson reported Najah Wakeelah was parked in a non-parking area at the Riverdale Hardees and opened the door of the 2002 Buick LeSabre she was driving to get in. A 2008 Chevrolet Uplander van driven by 74-year-old Grady Caine of Clarksville backed up and struck the door of the Buick, and Wakeelah was injured as she attempted to get out of the way, Lawson said.

Lawson said EMS personnel transported Wakeelah to Halifax Regional Hospital. A hospital spokesperson said Wakeelah was treated for her injuries and released.

The accident occurred at 9:53 a.m. Tuesday. No charges were filed against either driver, the officer said.

An 18-year-old bicyclist from Saxe got the worse of it in an encounter with a car Saturday night, according to state police.

Trooper R. T. Ridgeway reported a 2005 Chevrolet Impala driven by 61-year-old Linda A. Wilmoth of Halifax was following two bicycles on the edge of the road. When the way was clear, Wilmoth attempted to go around a 2008 Roadmaster bicycle ridden by 18-year-old Aero C. Smith. When the bicycle veered into the traffic lane in front of the car, the car ran over the bicycle, and Smith was thrown off, Ridgeway said.

Smith was slightly injured but did not require transport to the hospital, the trooper said. A hospital spokesperson said Smith was treated in the emergency room and released.

The accident occurred at 7:20 p.m. on Route 729 (Bellvue Road) at its intersection with Route 1301 (Holly Court).

Ridgeway estimated damages at $200 to the bicycle and $2,500 to the Impala. He charged Smith with riding a bicycle improperly on a highway.

A 28-year-old South Boston woman escaped injury in a single-vehicle crash early Saturday morning, according to South Boston police.

Captain B. K. Lovelace said a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Cheryl Conner was traveling west on Vaughan Street. Conner attempted to make a left turn onto Riley Avenue and lost control of the car which slid into a ditch, the captain said.

The crash occurred at 3:30 a.m. Saturday 30 feet from the intersection of Riley Avenue and Vaughan Street.

Lovelace said investigating Officer M. W. Bowen estimated damage to the Cavalier at $2,500, and he charged Conner with reckless driving-failure to maintain control of a vehicle.