Richmond police seeking leads in hit and run case

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond police are at a standstill with a hit and run case and need your help.

Nearly four months have passed since Sarah Herbert was struck and nearly killed while walking in the Museum District. She's one of more than 50 pedestrians involved in hit and runs in Richmond last year. Over half of those cases remain unsolved including Sarah's.

When we first met Herbert, she was broken and bruised and her leg was in a brace.

"Putting my hand out and that's the last thing I remember," said Herbert last November.

As she was on the ground bleeding, the man who hit her sped off. It was about 2 a.m. last November 7 at Kensington and North Boulevard. Police have few clues and no leads.

"We do know the headlights were round and the vehicle is a dark colored Wrangler," said Lt.Michael Stith.

Lt. Stith says body shop workers may want to think back to that date.

"If anybody bought in a Jeep Wrangler during that time frame from November 7th even up until now, if it had damage on the passenger side of the vehicle give us a call."

Herbert's case was among 51 reported pedestrian hit and runs in Richmond last year. Investigators cleared 23. Police also closed the books on two hit and run moped cases, 15 of the 25 cyclists who were struck and a case involving a person in a wheelchair.

Lt. Stith says drivers need to pay more attention.

"It could be somebody walking somebody in a wheelchair, or running into the back of someone's vehicle, so a lot of times driver inattention is the main culprit," said Lt. Stith.

Herbert was lucky to have survived. Police want to help her put all this behind her.

"As I know now she's doing okay. In this, yeah she could've been killed in this incident," said Lt. Stith.

If you have information that could help solve Herbert's case call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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