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Hit and Run Fatality in Shockoe Bottom

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.

Watch the video from ABC 8 here.

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.

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Gustavo

7 comments

Thomas J. Alleman
Thomas J. Alleman 06/26/2019 at 12:33 PM

drivers need to slow down, stop texting, pay attention, stop killing people.

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Kayci Graham
Kayci Graham 06/26/2019 at 1:01 PM

Brady Ennis yeah, I think that’s why so much traffic this AM

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crd 06/26/2019 at 3:12 PM

Okay thanks, now I know why traffic was so messed up this morning. Neighbor called me while he was stuck, he said all side (north/south bound) streets were blocked with traffic, and he could not get over to Broad Street….finally called back over an hour later to say he’d made it to work. As to needing to watch out for pedestrians – I agree with anyone who says we need MORE ENFORCEMENT. I often cannot get off of 26th Street because drivers on Broad think they have the right of way – even though it’s a FOUR WAY stop. I sit through five or six or more cars, they do a rolling stop then keep going on Broad. I am a driver, but I’m on a side street.

Suggest more publicity about pedestrian safety, too – a child got hit down on Broad near Chimbo Park several months ago. That brought a little publicity, then it went away in this world of news that comes and goes so fast.

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Angela Wagner Costa
Angela Wagner Costa 06/26/2019 at 9:02 PM

2am I would imagine this POS was drunk or on some drug. I hope they find them

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Mp 06/27/2019 at 3:05 AM

Media is reporting this was deliberate, so in other words, this was murder. So terrible. Fight in the club spills out into the streets 🙁

Pedestrian safety is important, but not applicable here.

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Joshua 06/27/2019 at 12:15 PM

The commentator’s responses make it seem like they think it was an accident. It was not.

https://wtvr.com/2019/06/26/witnesses-describe-chaos-during-fatal-shockoe-bottom-hit-and-run/

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Gustavo 06/27/2019 at 12:17 PM

@Joshua and MP. Yup, just saw the police chief statement. I’ll update this shortly.

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