73-year-old man dies after hit-and-run crash in Richmond's Southside

73-year-old man dies after hit-and-run crash in Richmond's Southside
Samuel Pope

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A 73-year-old Richmond man was killed Saturday night after a hit-and-run crash at the intersection of Maury Street and Perdue Avenue.

Samuel R. Pope died at the hospital after his vehicle was hit just before 7 p.m. Police say the driver of a four-door sedan fled the scene with a woman and small child.

His girlfriend of 20 years, Shirley Fordham, says Pope was retired but he never stopped working.

"Cleaning up offices at the library building and he worked at the store, Southside Grocery Store, as a truck driver," she said.

The last time she talked to Pope was to remind him to pick her up from a friend's house.

"I said make sure you have your phone on, because half the time it's in his pocket he can't hear it when it rings."

The Richmond Police Department's Crash Team said Pope was traveling eastbound on Maury Street in a pick-up truck, when the other vehicle traveling northbound on Perdue Avenue ran a stop sign and collided with Pope's vehicle.

Pope was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at 7:51 p.m. No one else was in his vehicle.

"How can you live with yourself like that? You killed a human being!" says Fordham.

She has one clear message for the driver or people who know him:

"Give yourself up, because right now, you got the devil in you."

Anyone with information about this crash is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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