Chesterfield teen in coma after hit and run, driver at large

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A Chesterfield teen is in a coma tonight after he was hit by car. The driver kept right on going.

It happened about 9:40 Wednesday night on Old Buckingham Road at Unison Drive where 19-year-old Cody Wood was walking.

Thursday, police made a plea for help in finding the driver. Neighbors said Old Buckingham is a dangerous cut-through.

Paul Germain isn't surprised by a hit and run on Old Buckingham right outside his house. He and his wife have seen quite a few wrecks since moving there in 1983.

"We witnessed more than a half dozen ourselves, and generally they were late at night and involved inattention or drinking," said Paul Germain.

But late Wednesday, the Germains were reading in bed when Wood nearly lost his life.

"Whoever hit him just left the scene of the crime, it's really a sad thing," said Marcia Germain.

Only hours ago, police determined who the victim was through fingerprints. Sgt. Jim Profita visited Wood at VCU Medical Center, where he's in a coma.

"Someone robbed of their youth is always sad," said Sgt. Profita.

Wood was wearing dark clothing while walking on a road that's not well lit. Witnesses reported seeing a white four door sedan.

"It would have had front end damage and possibly windshield and side window damage," said Sgt. Profita.

The Germains said Old Buckingham is a short cut between Huguenot and Midlothian that drivers take too fast.

"As the road narrows down there's not enough room for two cars pedestrian and a cyclist," said Paul Germain.

In 1999, Chesterfield Transportation and VDOT pushed for safety improvements, but the county said it didn't get community support for two lanes, curbs and gutters.

People worried about increased traffic. VDOT then went to court to be able to fix the bridge.

"The new bridge has improved things a lot. We haven't seen any fatalities," said Paul Germain.

The Germains hope Wood pulls through this as two investigators work to hunt down the driver.

"You just can't hit a person and leave him. Hopefully they'll step forward on their own," said Sgt. Profita.

Wood is in critical condition with head injuries.  Police say he was living with his mother up until two weeks ago. We're told she's now with him at the hospital.

If you can help investigators find the driver and the car, call Crime Solvers at 748-0660.

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