Witness shows compassion for pedestrian fatally struck Friday night on Williamson Road in Roanoke

Roanoke Valley News

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Police say a man is dead after he was hit by a vehicle in northwest Roanoke Friday night. WFXR News spoke with a woman who says she was right there with him during his final hours.

The Roanoke Police Department received a call around 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26 that a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in the 5100 block of Williamson Road NW. However, that pedestrian later died at the hospital from his injuries.

“I came out, and there was a pickup truck in front of me. I heard a ‘boom.’ The car kept going, and I slowed down,” said Amanda Orthmann, “’cause I wasn’t sure what had happened, and I saw a bunch of stuff in the road.”

Orthmann says she heard the noise, she saw a wheelchair and a man lying next to it, and she called 911 immediately.

“I sat there, and I looked at him, and I prayed for God to be with him, to show him love and comfort. I prayed for God to be with his family. I prayed for the driver,” Orthmann said. “I didn’t know where he was, and then I saw the driver come back. I was amazed that he came back.”

Police have not named the man killed, but the family has identified him as Maurice Plummer.

In those final moments, Orthmann decided to pray for him.

“He looked like he was trying to open his eyes, and he had tears coming out of his eyes. I was praying the whole time and thanking God for allowing me to be there, to be with him, not allowing him to not be alone,” said Orthmann. “At that moment, I saw him smile like a newborn baby would do when they’re asleep, and in my heart, it was God is talking to him.”

Plummer was a family man and a friend to many, according to his family. He reportedly always had a joke to share and never met a stranger.

“I’m just so blessed to be able to have seen that and to be there,” Orthmann said.

Roanoke Police posted about the incident on social media and Orthmann wanted to reach out to the family.

“I don’t normally comment, but I wanted it to be known that he was [at] peace,” said Orthmann.

Many say it can be a challenge to travel down Williamson Road.

“A lot of times when I’m driving, I have to turn on my bright lights because it’s so dark you can’t see anything,” Orthmann said. “It might be helpful to get more streetlights out here or even have a pedestrian walkway.”

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