Man dragged behind car remains hospitalized

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Police are looking for a driver who nearly killed a man by hitting him with a car and then dragging him down the street.

Skid marks and signs of a struggle are the only clues left in Monday night's collision. Deon Parker says he heard it, came outside and saw a 21-year-old man down on the sidewalk.

"I heard a noise outside, saw blue lights, came out here and saw a man on the ground," said Parker.

Police confirm the driver hit the man on Orcutt Lane near Kimrod Road and managed to drag him nearly a block to the traffic light at Hull Street.

"It's pretty crazy really," Parker added. "I didn't know what to think."

Neighbors say they saw EMS crews helping the victim, who appeared to make it to the sidewalk across the street before collapsing. Police say he's been unconscious since the accident.

"They were cutting his clothes off," Parker noted. "I saw a paramedic cutting his clothes off."

Police say he suffered severe head trauma and broken bones from the impact. His injuries are so bad he's having surgery at VCU Medical Center.

"It could have happened to me because sometimes I walk to the store at night," Parker said. "When I walk to the store, I cross over and come up this way."

Investigators are still trying to track down the driver. For now, Parker says he's more careful when he walks this area.

"Yeah, I'm kind of on alert now," he added.

Police say that victim will be recovering in the hospital for a while. They're continuing to follow up on leads.

If anyone heard or saw anything in Monday night's crash, call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Tips can remain anonymous.

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