LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Police are looking for a person they say hit a pedestrian and left the scene.
Lynchburg Police say the incident happened in the 3500 block of Memorial Avenue on Sunday, Jan. 12, around 6:30 p.m.
Arriving officers found a pedestrian injured. The victim was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital for serious injuries, but is expected to recover.
Police in Lynchburg asks anyone with information on this case to call the Traffic Safety Unit at (434) 455-6047.
Lynchburg resident Bhamini Patel was nearby the fatal Amherst County crash, where a driver hit a pedestrian.
“I just came out of the restaurant that was right next to it, La Carreta, and we saw some police and everything and they blocked that area. The next day we found out it was the guy who was walking and got run down.”
“Unsafe,” she said, when asked how she felt.
But home in downtown Lynchburg is another story. She feels safe crossing the familiar streets.
“Here, I’m not worried,” she said. “I’ve been here since the last 22 years.”
The Amherst County fatality was one of two pedestrian crashes in the Lynchburg area over the weekend.
Now, police are warning drivers to focus on the road and telling pedestrians to be vigilant.
Police recommend staying in crosswalks and wearing bright clothes at night, saying road safety is a shared responsibility.
“When you’re out walking be vigilant and be mindful of where you are,” said Sgt. Josh Collins with the Traffic Safety Unit, “because a lot of time, motorists, distracted driving is more increased of late.”
Lynchburg resident Rajul Raoti agrees.
“They are using the cell phone while driving. That, they have to ban. I agree on that point.”
While Raoti says she is careful crossing the street, she believes drivers have the biggest responsibility on the road.
“We cross very cautiously,” she said, “but we don’t know what the driver, what he’s doing inside. We don’t see the driver. We see the car is coming.”
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