Leak helps police find car involved in fatal hit and run

Posted at 1:49 PM, Sep 24, 2018

PETERSBURG, Va. -- Petersburg Police have located the vehicle and identified a person of interest tied to a hit and run case that left one woman dead.

Petersburg Police Captain Emanuel Chambliss said investigators located the four-door Chevy Lumina they believed struck the woman on Winfield Road Friday night. The car was parked at a hotel on Route 460.

The victim, black female described by police as very thin was pronounced dead on scene.

Police said they believed the woman who was killed  was homeless and investigators have had trouble locating her next-of-kin.

Witnesses reported seeing her panhandling before she was killed.

Chambliss said the car was leaking radiator fluid, and that was how police tracked it.

"One of the officers followed it and we lost the trail, but in canvassing found the vehicle with damage at the hotel that was consistent with the accident," Chambliss said.

He said police spoke to the owner of the vehicle and are waiting to sit down for more questioning. At this time, no arrest has been made.

Officers were originally called to the 900 block of Winfield Road just after 10:15 p.m. Friday for a report of a person down. When they arrived they found that woman dead on the side of the road.

The car was found at the American Inn, eight-tenth's of a mile from the accident site. The car was towed and impounded by Police.

Those who live on Winfield Road say it may be a very short road but there is a lot of traffic on it.

"Busy, very busy" said Trina Skipper, who has lived off of Winfield Road about year.

Skipper who walks just about everywhere she goes, says drivers speed all the time, especially recently.

"Now the tractor trailers are coming down through here, it's just horrible lately," she added.

Police asked anyone with information to call Petersburg/Dinwiddie Crime Solvers at 804-861-1212.



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