Police: Pedestrian struck in road rage incident

Front Royal police say a vehicle struck and injured a woman in town during a road-rage incident Thursday evening.

A media release issued at 4:20 p.m. Friday by the Front Royal Police Department states that officers responded at 5:45 p.m. Thursday to a report of a pedestrian struck in the 400 block of South Commerce Avenue. Officers arrived to find a large group of people standing around a female lying on the asphalt in the Mom’s Country Kitchen parking lot in the Front Royal Business Park, the release states.

Emergency responders took the victim to a nearby soccer field where a helicopter then transported her to Winchester Medical Center for treatment, Capt. Crystal Cline said Friday. The victim was discharged from the hospital later Thursday night, Cline said.

Police learned through their investigation that the event stemmed from a potential road rage incident that started on westbound Interstate 66 and culminated in the parking lot of the Front Royal Business Park, according to the release. The suspect attempted to leave and struck the female victim while exiting the parking lot, police say.

Authorities have a “person of interest” in the case but would not identify the suspect pending further investigation and consultation with the commonwealth’s attorney, Cline said. Investigators continue to interview witnesses, Cline added.

Anyone with information about this incident can contact Officer J. Miller at 635-2111 or email at jmiller@frontroyalva.com.