LOUISA COUNTY, Va. -- Virginia State Police continue to search for the driver of the vehicle that struck and killed 35-year-old Jason King of Bumpass on New Year's Eve.
According to police, King was walking along Willis Proffitt Road (Route 605) in Louisa County around 11 p.m. Wednesday when he was hit.
Officials said King was walking southbound in the northbound lane when he was hit. Police said the car did not stop.
Investigators described the vehicle as a possibly light-colored passenger car that has front end damage.
"Jason was not some animal that is left on the side of the road, Jason deserves better," Lloyd Addair, one of King's closest friends, told CBS 6. "He had a name, he was somebody. He's a father."
Addair is pleading with the driver to turn himself in so that the community can have closure.
"Word of mouth goes a long way in this county, people talk," Addair said. "I'm going to be looking. I've been here 28 years I'll spend the rest of my days looking for messed up vehicles."
Addair said he did not know why King was walking along the side of the road although he did say King had been staying at a nearby mobile home park.
Angela Pryor, who lives near the site of the crash, said the road is frequented by pedestrians despite the speed limit being nearly 50 mph.
Pryor told CBS she saw a man matching King's description walking down the road on New Year's Eve night.
"This road is actually a cut through from Route 33 into Louisa," Pryor said.
Pryor also told CBS 6 she is building a fence to protect her dogs from speeders.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Virginia State Police at 804-556-4115 or after hours contact State Police Dispatch at 804-553-3445.