89-year-old hit, killed by vehicle in Henrico; Driver still on the run

89-year-old hit, killed by vehicle in Henrico ; Driver still on the run

HENRICO, Va. (WWBT) - Henrico police are investigating a deadly pedestrian crash in Henrico.

The incident happened along East Laburnum Avenue and Bolling Road near the Mechanicsville Turnpike.

Police said they were called just after 9 a.m. for an unknown problem. That’s when they found an older woman on the sidewalk.

Police believe a car hit the woman and did not stay at the scene. Officials are working to identify the vehicle.

Investigators are unsure when the incident occurred.

Officers have identified the woman as 89-year-old Rosa Brown and said she lived nearby.

"You should turn yourself in. it’s terrible and you should feel guilty. You are guilty,” Erin Yaits said.

It’s a strong message from Erin Yaits to whoever was driving the car that hit and killed the 89-year-old.

“t was terrible nobody stopped to see if she was ok. What if she could have been saved?” Yaits said.

Neighbors describe hearing the sounds of a car screeching and a thump but that was Thursday evening around seven.

“I was in shock, you know? To think about someone who lived so close. It’s a great shock and it’s just terrible,” Yates said.

Erin Yaits has known Brown for years and says She tells me you could always see her out walking in the area.

Neighbors say crashes happen all the time on this stretch of road.

“Errrr booomp. I can hear them,” Jean Robinson said as she imitated the sound of crashes.

Jean Robinson says the sound of crashes is constant in the area.

“In three years I have seen a bunch of accidents out here. People drive fast, careless, they do every d**n thing out here,” Robinson said.

It’s been a dangerous and deadly year for pedestrians in Henrico.

Police say there have been 79 pedestrian-involved crashes injuring 85 people and killing nine.

As police work to figure out the driver responsible, neighbors try to cope with the loss.

“If you didn’t know her, you were lucky to know her,” Yaits said.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 804-501-5000 or 804-780-1000.

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