Update: This is now an active investigation. It also sounds like it was a rage induced attack.
Multiple pedestrians were hit with one fatal incident
One woman is dead and three others are injured after a deadly hit-and-run early this morning in Shockoe Bottom. The tragedy happened in the 1700 block of East Main Street at 1:55 a.m. Police officers found two women and a man who had been struck by a car.
One of the women sadly succumbed to her injuries at the hospital. The man has life-threatening injuries. A video from The Pizza Place showed the sedan involved in the hit and run. Please take a look at the video to see if you recognize it.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.
The street re-opened after 9 a.m. which is why many of you were stuck in traffic this morning.
On a personal note, this is totally infuriating. So many drivers in Richmond have no regard for pedestrian safety. The City must take preventive measures as our neighborhoods grow. More stoplights, rubber bollards, more crosswalks, AND MORE ENFORCEMENT. We regularly see people simply ignore stop signs and even stop lights in the Church Hill area. Despite seeing police cars everywhere you almost never see anyone pulled over for a traffic stop. Sharon North, a Richmond DPW spokesperson, says that the culture change needs to come from drivers “getting used to” the increased foot traffic, “hopefully over time they’ll begin to recognize this is where pedestrians are going to be walking, so you need to slow down, you need to stop.”
Take a look at this video of drivers ignoring a crosswalk in Dock St.