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Photo of the car that allegedly hit Williams (Source: Facebook) Photo of the car that allegedly hit Williams (Source: Facebook)

RICHMOND – Chad Williams was on his way to a Halloween party when he says he was suddenly hit from behind.

He turned into a safe area, but the car that hit him took off.

A few years ago, Chad may have never known who that person was, but thanks to technology, he's pretty sure he's found the culprit.

"The car that hit definitely didn't seem like they were paying attention," he says.

Williams logged on to Facebook and Twitter telling his thousands of friends and followers about the accident.

"I posted that this happened, this is where it was, this is who I was with, who could have seen it. Share please."

Share they did. And the tips started to come.

His friends online rallied to his cause. They followed leads, talked with friends, made phone calls and started connecting dots.

One tip came from an old friend who Williams hasn't seen in 10 years, who happened to see the wreck while sitting in his truck.

"The truck decided to on his own follow this car and they ran a red light a couple red lights and that truck continued to follow and did his best. Called found a license plate filed a report with the police."

Word spread fast online and within hours, an anonymous Twitter tip led Williams to a photo of a car - the one he believes actually hit him.

"I saw the car sitting there damaged the exact description of the car took a photo license plate and I submitted that to the police."

Police say the car's been impounded and investigators are looking for the owner.

Williams hopes that person is found and he's thankful for the power of social media.

"Last I saw, I think it had been retweeted 40 times," he says. "It's been shared a ton of times, so I mean it really can snowball in a good way for me and in a bad way for him."

Police say they're investigating the hit and run. There's no word on any charges.

If you happened to see anything, contact officers and Chad says you can send him a tweet too.


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