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Police identify 22-year-old woman killed in Shockoe Bottom hit-and-run

Posted at 3:10 PM, Jun 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-26 19:44:34-04

RICHMOND, Va. – Police have identified the 22-year-old woman killed when a driver ran over several people in a deadly hit-and-run crash in Shockoe Bottom early Wednesday morning.

One woman was killed, and three others were injured when the driver hit them on East Main Street at approximately 1:55 a.m. The people were hit after a fight broke out along East Main Street near 17th Street, according to witnesses.

The victim has been identified as Shanice A. Woodberry, 22, of Chesterfield County. The Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of death. Another female currently has life-threatening injuries.

After being named the new Chief of Police of the City of Richmond, William Smith addressed the latest developments in a deadly hit-and-run crash in Shockoe Bottom early Wednesday morning.

“We would like to send our thoughts and prayers to the family of the person, not only that was killed, but the persons that were injured in that incident,” said Police Chief Smith at his introductory press conference.

Shantell Garner, who witnessed the early morning hit-and-run, says fight the spilled out from the Image Restaurant and Lounge near South 17th and East Main Streets.

One of the people involved in the fight was the hit-and-run driver, according to witnesses.

“[The driver] comes around the corner like doing 35 mph and hits everybody in the street,” Garner said. “People just start screaming and yelling and running towards the lady that got ran over.”

Wednesday afternoon, Richmond police detectives worked their way from business to business in Shockoe Bottom looking for surveillance video and information linked to the fatal hit and run.

Smith said the department is actively pursuing the suspect and they expect to make an arrest soon.

“We are currently, actively pursuing the individual that did that. We know who they are, and we have active warrants on file,” added Smith. “We expect to clear that very soon.”

Police have not released any information or description about the hit-and-run driver, nor the vehicle involved in the crash.

“We’d like to thank all of the members of the community who immediately shared information and videos,” said Major Crimes Lt. Faith Flippo. “Our detectives are currently reviewing all of the footage that has been provided and hope to soon bring closure to these families.”

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

This is a developing story. Witnesses can send news tips, photos, and video here.