Crash sends motorcycle into Alexandria church daycare; 5 children, biker injured

A motorcycle crashed through a window of a church daycare in Alexandria leaving five children and the biker injured.

The accident happened at around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Church of Saint Clement on N. Quaker Lane.

Police say a white car was trying to make a left turn across N. Quaker Lane when it collided with a motorcyclist traveling northbound on the road.

"The bike flew into the window," said a 7-Eleven store employee who witnessed the crash. "The guy just went flying so high."

The motorcycle went through the window of the daycare. The church rector said ten young children and their teacher were inside at the time.

Police say five of those children went to the hospital, but were not seriously hurt. The man on the motorcycle was also hospitalized and is in serious condition. The driver of the car is expected to be okay.

Police are investigating to see if speed was a factor in the crash. In fact, the police department has been watching for speeding on the street recently.

"There was a couple of weeks ago that was part of a proactive campaign to try to get people to slow down," said Ashley Hildebrandt, spokesperson for the Alexandria Police Department. "It wasn't the result of any complaints or anything that have been logged."

But residents who live close by say speed has been a problem on N. Quaker Lane for a while.

"There was an accident here a couple of weeks ago," said Sharon Bliss, who lives nearby where the accident happened. "Late at night, people are just speeding down the street, making this turn dangerously and it's not a great corner."

Neighbors said the intersection is very complicated and there is a lot of traffic in the area.

The employee from 7-Eleven is still shaken up and in shock from what he saw with his own eyes.

"Right in front of my own store," said the employee. "I've been here for three years and I haven't seen nothing like that."

The store employee said the motorcyclist is a daily customer at the 7-Eleven and was concerned about his speed of the motorcycle at the time of the crash.

Alexandria police said they expect to know the cause of this crash by Wednesday as well as possible charges in this case.

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