HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A Chesterfield man faces serious charges after police said he struck and killed a teen near Short Pump, then drove off. It happened around 11pm Tuesday night on Patterson Avenue, near Pump Road.
33-year-old Reginald K. Addo has been charged with felony hit and run and driving on a suspended license.
Chalk marks still show on the pavement where police said Addo hit young Kara Lengyel-Rivers and left her to die. One day later, her friends came back to the same place to celebrate her life.
Friends hammer a cross into the grass, near Patterson Avenue, marking the place Kara died. The pain and harsh reality of the loss, at times, difficult to bare.
"She was a good person who did good things for everybody and we had to do one last good thing for her," said her friend, Clint Lewry. "We absolutely loved this girl."
Police said Kara was walking on Patterson Avenue when this man, Reginald Addo, hit her and killed her then drove off.
Wearing Kara's favorite sweatshirt and her name tag, her boyfriend, Aaron Martin, said she was walking home, her apartment just up the road. Friends said she worked at Burger King, and often walked back and forth on the road to work or see friends and family.
Martin was headed to the apartment too, and came upon the accident, a scene he said he'll never forget.
"I was like, alright is this a pedestrian or is this a car accident?" said Martin. "They said a pedestrian. As soon as they said that I knew it was her. The whole time I'm sitting there waiting, I'm like is she ok? Is she ok, you know?"
Police said Kara wasn't. She died in the road that night.
Kara's friends said she lived life to the fullest. Her senior quote at Godwin High School was by Brenda Chenoweth in '6 Feet Under':
"All we have is this moment right here, right now. The future is a concept that we use to avoid being alive today. So, be here, now."
An eerie foreshadowing of a young life cut short much too soon.
"She's very free spirited, she's very funny, she's very spontaneous. She was just awesome," her friend Robin Reynolds said.
Police said Addo could face even more charges for reportedly leaving the scene of this tragic hit and run.