CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A busy intersection on Charleston's West Side was yet again the scene of an injury Tuesday evening, bringing calls from some locals for crosswalks and pedestrian traffic lights.
A boy suffered minor injuries when he crashed into the side of a Buick Riviera moving through the Five Corners intersection, witnesses and authorities said.
Beth Kerns, a regular at Five Corners Café who has lived on the West Side for 33 years, was eating her dinner when she saw a young girl on an electric scooter zip from a sidewalk on Delaware Avenue to the one on Virginia Street.
She said the girl didn't look to see if any cars were coming and neither did the boy on the bicycle behind her.
The boy, who Kerns believed was 11 or 12 years old, crashed into the side of the car as it came through Five Corners. Kerns said the boy went up onto the hood of the car and rolled to the ground.
"I screamed," she said recalling the incident. "I couldn't finish eating, no matter how good it was."
She and others in the restaurant called for help while some of the staff went outside to check on the boy. She said he wasn't moving, but also had been told by those helping him not to move.
Charleston Lt. Mark Abbott said paramedics took the boy, who suffered only cuts and scratches, to the hospital as a precaution.
The driver, whose name was not released, wasn't cited.
"He was not at fault whatsoever," Abbott said. "The brother and sister rode out into the street. He was swerving to miss her when he hit him."
Mark Snodgrass, who owns Five Corners Cafe, said the city should investigate the intersection because of the traffic signals and lack of a pedestrian crosswalk. It's a high-traffic area for vehicles and pedestrians.
Kerns said pedestrians often don't know when they can cross because the traffic lights are hard to see. Snodgrass said drivers go through the intersection, which consists of Virginia Street, Delaware Avenue and Central Avenue, as if it's the Indy 500.
He's seen a lot of crashes and incidents in the two years he's operated the cafe. Recently, he saw a vehicle strike a shopping cart being pushed across the road by a woman. The impact ripped off the woman's fingernails, he said.
Kerns and Snodgrass both said the intersection would benefit from crosswalks and pedestrian lights.
Kerns also said she thought bicycle safety classes were needed for children and adults who use the roads, especially now that warmer weather is upon us.
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.cr...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.