Richmond Police: Man fighting for life after hit-and-run on Magnolia Street

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Police in Richmond are investigating a hit-and-run that left a pedestrian fighting for his life in the hospital Friday morning.

The incident occurred Thursday night, sometime between 8:50 p.m. and 9:10 p.m., police said. An unidentified vehicle that was traveling east in the 2200 block of Magnolia Street reportedly struck a male who was walking along the street.

Police said the vehicle fled the scene without stopping and continued heading east towards Mechanicsville Turnpike.

The male victim was taken to a local hospital where he is being treated for life-threatening injuries, police said Friday morning.

The street poses a threat to pedestrians because of speeding cars, one person told 8News.

“Anytime there’s a hit and run, that’s really awful,” said Shea Moore, who works at the City Electric Supply nearby where the crash occurred. “That’s a tragic, tragic problem here on this street.”

Moore wasn’t at work at the time of the crash but told 8News many pedestrians walk along the road.

“Some people don’t actually even walk on the side,” he said. “They will walk right in the median. It would be better if we had sidewalks.”

According to Moore, speeding down Magnolia Street is also an issue.

“It’s 35 but as you can probably tell cars are usually going 50 at a minimum,” he said.

Police said the pedestrian struck was wearing a yellow and white coat, but at night, Moore says the streets become very dark.

“If you have on something that’s very visible and the person who’s driving the car is coming very fast, you’re not gonna even see them until that last second.”

Anyone with information about this crash is asked to call RPD Crash Team Investigator Jarron Peterson at 804-646-1511 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com. You may use the P3 smartphone app. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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