Pedestrian killed in Newport News hit-and-run crash

Don Roberts/WAVY Photo
Don Roberts/WAVY Photo

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Newport News Police are looking for the driver behind a deadly hit-and-run crash.

According to investigators, a truck was heading northbound on Jefferson Avenue near Morris Drive around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, when it struck a man crossing in the middle of the block.

The man died at the scene. He was heading in the direction of the Thr-rift Inn, where he had been staying for more than two weeks, according to a motel employee.

The man killed was identified five days later as 68-year-old Robert William Bertenshaw.

Assistant Chief Stacy Kelly said the driver would have known he or she hit someone. New surveillance video release Thursday, Oct. 27, shows what police say is the car involved fleeing the scene.

Based on the video and evidence at the scene, police say they believe the car is an early-mid 2000’s light or white colored pick-up truck.

“The vehicle has heavy front end damage. We know that it’s missing a headlight and a side-view mirror, so if anybody sees a vehicle with that type of damage, please call us right away, or if anybody was there at the scene that may have seen something, call us,” he said.

A witness said she heard a loud noise and saw the crash, then stopped traffic while her mother dialed 911.

It was the fifth deadly auto-pedestrian crash this year in the city, Kelly said.

“Three of them were because of mid-block crossings… so we really need people to start using the intersections and we’re actually working with traffic engineering and the city attorney to look at all these and analyze all the data over the last few years and see if there’s anything we can do,” Kelly said.

Police are looking at nearby businesses for surveillance video of the crash.

The driver could face a felony for leaving the crash site, police said.

“Accidents happen. There are a lot of different scenarios out there. We don’t know for sure, so don’t make it any worse than it already is. Just call us,” Kelly said.