Pedestrian dies after struck by car while crossing the street in Amherst County

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Virginia State Police are investigating a crash that killed a pedestrian on Saturday in Amherst County. (Image: Courtesy MGN)

Virginia State Police are investigating a crash that killed a pedestrian on Saturday in Amherst County. (Image: Courtesy MGN)

AMHERST COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Virginia State Police are investigating the death of a Lynchburg man who was struck by a car on Saturday night.

According to the news release, a 2011 Subaru Legacy was traveling along the 4600 block of South Amherst Highway around 6:15 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11 when a pedestrian in dark clothing tried to cross the street without using a designated crosswalk.

The driver of the Subaru — a 56-year-old man from Shipman — told police he could not avoid striking the pedestrian, but he immediately stopped his car and remained at the scene.

Joseph L. Baker, the 67-year-old pedestrian from Lynchburg, was transported to Lynchburg General Hospital, where police say he later died from his injuries.

Virginia State Police say that the driver was not injured in the crash and — as of late Sunday afternoon — he has not been charged.

Authorities say the driver’s speed was not the cause of the crash, but it was raining at the time.

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