Man charged with DUI in possible street racing crash in Hopewell

HOPEWELL, Va. (WTVR) — Neighbors say it’s something they see all the time: cars speeding down Woodlawn Boulevard.

They say sometimes drivers start back at the McDonalds and try to catch the green light just right.  Other times they just start at Woodlawn and Ashland Street.

Church surveillance footage now in the hands of police shows a pick-up truck and Mustang zooming by side-by-side.

“I saw the truck and car flying by,” said one neighbor who didn’t want to give his name.“They were racing.”

Seconds later, a violent crash.

Hopewell Police say the driver of a Mustang slammed into the back end of a SUV and charged the Mustang’s driver, Chad Costales, with DUI.

“Broken glass was everywhere,” said Jonathan Ryan.  “It was a wreck.”

That wreckage was about 25 yards from Ryan’s front door.  “If I had a dollar for every time an accident was here, I’d be a rich man and could afford to move away,” he said.

Hopewell investigators say they do have several witnesses claiming the Mustang and pick-up were street racing.

Neighbors hope a camera outside Liberty Baptist will provide divine intervention, something they say is needed before someone driving or walking in this area is seriously hurt or even killed.

“Seems like they pick up at the light and race to down there by the Wawa,” said the anonymous neighbor.

Because of CBS 6, the Hopewell Police Department now has their hands on the church surveillance footage.  Investigators say their work continues, pointing out one man has been charged with DUI and other possible charges are pending.

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