Driver leaves after fatally striking pedestrian on Barrett Avenue


A pedestrian was fatally struck by a vehicle while crossing the street at Barrett Avenue and 21st Street early today, police said.

About 12:35 a.m., a truck struck the pedestrian while traveling eastbound on Barrett Avenue, then continued and did not stop, Richmond police Lt. Matthew Stonebraker said.

Richmond police said the victim’s name was not being released at this time. The County Coroner’s Office said his identity was not being released until next of kin is notified.

Police say they have no information on the truck involved in the fatal collision.

RPD’s traffic unit is investigating the hit and run, Stonebraker said.

It’s one of at least two hit and run incidents reported this week along Barrett Avenue. Police are searching for a driver who fled the scene of an injury accident at 37th Street and Barrett Ave early Wednesday. That incident was reported to police just before 1 a.m. Four men and a woman reportedly fled from the suspect’s car after the accident and ran north on 37th Street, according to Richmond police Capt. Al Walle. While two of the passengers were located soon after the crash, the driver hasn’t been found and the passengers have been uncooperative with the police investigation, Walle said.

In Wednesday’s incident, the motorist struck by the suspect’s car was transported to the hospital with a complaint of pain, but was in good condition, Walle said. The suspect’s car was impounded as evidence. “The suspect was described as a Hispanic or Black male with light complexion, 20 years old, 5’9”, shoulder length hair, wearing a white shirt and dark khaki pants,” Walle said.