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Man killed in Henrico hit-and-run had pulled over to side of road, father says

Police to drivers: 'There is no detail too small as detectives search for the driver'
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Posted at 12:27 PM, Oct 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-18 00:16:11-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the hit-and-run driver who killed a man who was outside his car along Nuckols Road Saturday night.

The incident happened on Nuckols Road between Mount Vernon Baptist Church and the YMCA, not far from Twin Hickory Road, around 10:45 p.m., according to Lt. M. C. Pecka with Henrico Police.

That is when an officer headed east on Nuckols saw a man lying in the roadway with a woman next to his side.

"Immediately calling for additional resources, including EMS, the officer began to render aid," Pecka said.

The victim, 27-year-old Deshawn "I am Rome" Johnson, was transported to an area hospital where he later died of his injuries, according to police.

Johnson's father told WTVR CBS 6 reporter Shannon Lilly that his son and his fiance had pulled over to the side of the road when his son got out and was hit by a car.

The car that hit him did not stop, according to Johnson's father.

Henrico Police Crash Team responded and are searching for the hit-and-run driver, Pecka said.

Detectives urged anyone who traveled along Nuckols Road, between Twin Hickory Road and I-295, from about 10:30 to 10:45 p.m. Saturday to contact law enforcement if they spotted anything that could be connected to the crash.

"There is no detail too small as detectives search for the driver and vehicle that failed to stop at the crash scene," Pecka said.

If you have information that could help detectives, call Officer Shoemaker at 804-928-0033 or Crime Stoppers 804-780-1000. If you were in the area and saw something, submit an anonymous tip via www.P3tips.com. All tips submitted on P3Tips or Crime Stoppers are anonymous.

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can email newstips@wtvr.com to send a tip.

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