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Woman calls for improvements after man killed trying to cross busy road

Posted at 11:35 PM, Mar 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-14 02:29:15-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. – Residents are calling for Chesterfield County to improve safety after a man was struck and killed on Midlothian Turnpike not far from the entrance to the Chippenham Parkway Saturday evening.

Police said a Dodge Dart struck the man around 7 p.m. as he was attempting to cross Midlothian in front of a Kroger grocery store, a Krispy Kreme donut shop and a Panda Express.

Police said the victim, whose name had not been released as of Sunday, died at the scene.

The driver stayed on the scene, according to police, and there has been no word on what if any charges they could face.

Faye Jackson

Faye Jackson

Faye Jackson, who lives nearby, said the area is dangerous and that she has seen people nearly hit numerous times.

"I've seen it gets really, really busy around 4 and 6:30,” she said. “I’ve seen it -- people may jump out and come back."

Jackson loves how the area is growing, but said with the new businesses, crosswalks and sidewalks need to be added to improve safety.

“I would love to see walking bridges, [a] sidewalk with walking bridge to lead up over the highway so people can go to and from safely, so we can prevent deaths,” she said.

Jackson said making the area more pedestrian friendly, regardless of how much it will cost, is an investment the county need to make.

 Midlothian Turnpike

Midlothian Turnpike

“I do know it’s going to be costly but in the long run… [but] it’s going to save somebody’s brother, sister, mother [or] kids…”

Officials said the crash remains under investigation.

Anyone with information that could help investigators is asked to call the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251 or Crime solvers at 804-748-0660 or text code “WATSON” and send to 274637 (CRIMES).