Bicyclist hit, killed by driver on city’s Southside

Published: Dec. 21, 2019 at 7:49 PM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Richmond Police are looking for the suspect responsible for hitting and killing a bicyclist Saturday night.

Investigators say that officers responded to the 5600 block of Hull Street around 10:20 p.m. and found the man who was hit by a vehicle, while he was riding his bicycle.

Police say a silver SUV traveling east struck a male bicyclist who was crossing Hull Street from the south side of the street to the north side at the intersection of Chesterfield Drive. The driver of the striking vehicle fled the scene, last seen heading east on Hull Street.

The victim died on the scene from his injuries.

There have been at least 127 reported pedestrian crashes in Richmond overall in 2019. This latest incident is the sixth deadly pedestrian crash in the city so far.

Adell Franklin, a local business owner, says their needs to be more traffic lights on Hull Street to slow down speeding vehicles.

“I don’t know what else can be really done,” Franklin said about the speeding drivers. “It’s not enough that you killed them, but to keep going and not even feel any regrets for doing it apparently because you kept going. It’s really sad to think that this world has come to the point that no one has any respect for human life."

Franklin says she can’t understand how anyone could leave another person to die in the streets after hitting them.

Police say the driver left the scene and there is no description of the vehicle at this time.

Now just days before Christmas, Franklin hopes whoever is responsible will do the right thing.

“Have a conscious and at least turn yourself in, stand up and face what you’ve done take responsibility,” said Franklin. “We don’t know why you took the steps to keep going, but for whatever reason, it couldn’t be as bad as someone losing their life.”

Anyone with information about this crash is asked to call RPD Crash Team Investigator Roderick Rose at 804-646-1665 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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