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Teen dies following Chesterfield hit-and-run

Posted at 11:44 PM, Apr 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-08 21:17:23-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- A 16-year-old Petersburg boy has died following a hit-and-run in Chesterfield County Tuesday night.

It happened around 9 p.m. in the 700 block of Greyshire Drive.

Officials said Steffond Swilley Jr., of the 1300 block of Steel Street in Petersburg, was found lying in the road. He was transported to VCU Medical Center where he died as a result of his injuries, police said.

Police are looking for the the driver of the car and are asking the public to be on the lookout for any cars in the area that might have front-end damage.

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Steffond Swilley Sr. will always remember his son as a bright boy who loved his family, friends and his church. A teenager that he says had the world and a bright future ahead of him.

Swilley could have never prepared for what he saw Tuesday night when he ran into a police crime scene around the corner from his home. His son Steffond Jr. had gone out at his dad’s request to locate his brother who was somewhere in the neighborhood.

Steffond Jr. was hit as he walked along Greyshire Drive. The person who hit him didn’t stop

“Low and behold I went out there and I saw all of the police cars. Then I saw my son down on the ground. That’s something that I think  no mother or father would like to see,” Swilley said.

He tells CBS 6 he believes whoever hit his son is aware of what they did.  “He was just sixteen years old and he didn’t deserve to die like this”  Swilley Sr. said.

The father tells us that his son attended Petersburg High School and he was excited about pursuing  a military career after he finished school.

Now as the teen’s family members lean on each other and friends for support, they are also praying that the driver who hit Steffond Jr. will take full responsibility for this tragedy.

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Steffond Swilley Jr.'s father.

"Just unspeakable.  I think it's an act of a coward," said Marcquel Miles, who lives on Greyshire Dr. "If you're out there, just step up," said Miles to the driver of the vehicle that struck Swilley Jr.

Neighbors noted that there is only one way in and out of that part of the Montclaire neighborhood.

Anyone with information should contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660 or www.crimesolvers.net.

This is a developing story. Stay with WTVR.com for updates and watch CBS 6 News for continuing coverage.