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Chesterfield deadly pedestrian accident spark safety concerns

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Four pedestrians have been killed in Chesterfield accidents October. 

The accidents are a grave concern for family who have lost loved ones, and for police officers trying to keep the community safe.

"I feel safer personally crossing having to worry about two directions instead of having to worry about five or six directions of cars coming at you, said Joel Clark after making his way across the median on Jeff Davis Highway near Hundred Road.

In the three most recent deadly accidents, on Jeff Davis, Hopkins Road, and Hull Street, police say people were crossing at night or before sunrise wearing dark clothing. 

Police say, if you are going to cross a busy street at night it's always a good idea to wear light colored clothing, limit distractions, and always cross at a crosswalk even if you have to get a little bit further to get to one. 

"Any time you have pedestrian traffic, there need to be some rules in place," Chesterfield Police Detective, Kevin Bacon. "You can't just have pedestrians wondering in the roadway, so those safety tips about what kind of clothing to wear, where to cross the roadway - those are all very important tips we need people to know." 

Detective Bacon says the responsibility is always a two-way street.  Drivers and pedestrians have to watch out for each other. Drivers can face felony charges if they hit someone and leave the scene of the accident.  

Police are currently working on leads including new information on the Thanksgiving Day hit-and-run on Hull street. Detectives are looking for a pearl while Chrysler sedan with front end damage.

Anyone with information that could help lead police to an arrest can call Crime Solvers at 748-0660.  

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