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Police investigating fatal hit and run in Richmond’s Southside

Posted at 2:17 PM, Feb 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-20 19:02:55-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond Police are investigating a fatal hit and run that occurred in the city's Southside Saturday afternoon.

Police said an adult male was trying to cross the road at the intersection of Semmes Avenue and Cowardin Avenue when he was hit by a car.

A family of four, including two small children were one of the first to arrive and see the man lying in the street. Anthony Allen said, “I had my kids in the car and they stayed in the car, but they were kind of a traumatized.”

Allen said his wife tried to speak to the man, but he was only able to moan. He said, “He was responsive, he moaned a little bit but he was breathing, barely. Right when the first responders got there he stopped breathing and he became unresponsive.”

The victim suffered from head trauma, according to witnesses.

Allen watched as first responders did CPR on the victim for 15 minutes, but their efforts were unsuccessful. “Hopefully justice is served,” Allen said. “That’s somebody’s father, brother, or son.”

Police have not released the identity of the victim.

Officers believe they have found the black vehicle involved in the hit and run abandoned in the East End. They are still searching for the driver of the vehicle.

Police are asking anyone with any information on the driver's whereabouts to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.