NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Newport News police are asking for the public’s help in finding a car that left the scene of deadly hit-and-run crash June 17.
The accident happened on Jefferson Avenue near Industrial Park Drive. 54-year-old Tyrone Patrick was killed after he was struck by four vehicles.
“It was wrong for them to leave,” said Patrick’s sister, Micheel Patrick-Whitby.
Just hours after Newport News police shutdown the busy road on June 17, one family got a call they will never forget.
“It was devastating, very devastating,” Patrick-Whitby added. “I mean I broke down to where I had to go to the hospital.”
Patrick-Whitby was told her old brother was dead. He was walking down Jefferson Avenue when he was hit by four cars.
“It’s been very hard for my family, because the tragedy that happened to my brother,” Patrick-Whitby said. “We think about it every day.”
“It was a bad accident with a very unfortunate outcome,” Newport News Police Officer Jeff Imgrund said.
Police say Patrick was walking northbound in the center lane when he was clipped him from behind. He was thrown into the southbound lanes.
“He was stuck by the second vehicle and dragged back this direction and that’s when the chain reaction started for vehicles three and four as well,” Imgrund said.
Three of the drivers pulled over, but police say the second car just kept going.
“I would say there is no way a reasonable person in the right state of mind would run over a body like that and leave the scene,” Ingrund added.
Officers are looking for a dark blue or black four-door sedan, possibly a Nissan Altima. The hope is the driver comes forward for one family’s closure.
“Even if he would have come the next day it would have been okay, but this is September and this happened June 17,” Patrick-Whitby said. “He has to man up.”