Family mourning, police searching for answers after deadly hit and run

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A family is mourning and police are looking for answers after a woman was killed in a hit and run crash Wednesday night. 

The victim was identified as 58-year-old Linda Pierson. Police say she was a mother and grandmother who will be missed.

The crash happened around 7 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Campbell Avenue and 5th street. Thursday afternoon someone placed a memorial there.

Now, officers are asking the community for help figuring out what happened. 

“She’s lost her life, a family is mourning on Valentine’s Day because their loved one is no longer here. Lost in a tragic traffic crash. We need to find out and bring resolution to this community and to the family,” said Roanoke City Police Chief Tim Jones.

The vehicle that hit Pierson didn’t stop and now police are looking for it. 

“You may know someone that shows up to work today with damage to a vehicle or maybe they’re acting a little odd because they’re carrying this burden with them,” said Chief Jones.

Police say Pierson worked for the Roanoke City Jail kitchen staff.

“She worked every day preparing meals for the inmate population at the Roanoke City Jail, and she’s not there today, so she was a person who obviously helped others,” said Chief Jones.

Police say Linda was walking from work to a family function, and when she got to the intersection she was struck.

“Since I was able to drive, 15 or 16 years old, the 5th Street hills was always one of the most notorious places to negotiate,” said Chief Jones.

The chief says the hill makes it harder to see things at the intersections and with the increased amount of traffic, it’s even more important to pay close attention when driving through. 

“We know that downtown living has picked up, that there are more people in downtown, this is a heavily traveled section of Campbell Avenue anyway. So you need to have, we refer to it as having your head on a swivel,” Chief Jones said.

People like Lebaran King say it can be tricky to walk through.

“Sometimes I cross the street and I notice the light changes a little fast before you cross the street. And I know I’m not walking slow, I’m walking at a regular pace, but I think it might be the stoplight,” said King.

Police are looking for a light colored vehicle, either white or silver, with front end damage. They are also asking for anyone in the area with surveillance videos outside their businesses or homes, to check for a vehicle matching that description.

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