Pedestrian fatally struck in hit-and-run on J. Clyde Morris Blvd. in Newport News

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A male pedestrian was fatally struck in a hit-and-run Friday morning on J. Clyde Morris Blvd. across from Riverside Medical Center.

Newport News Police are looking for the driver involved.

The crash happened Friday morning on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard. across from Riverside Regional Medical Center.

Police say they responded at 7 a.m. after a passerby spotted someone on the side of the road. They arrived to find the man dead near a bicycle in the 500 block of westbound J. Clyde, which was shut down for the investigation.

“We don’t know how this accident occurred but we really want to solve it,” he said.

Maynard says the victim is an older man and police are working to confirm his identity.

Although officers responded to the scene after 7 a.m., investigators are trying to figure out exactly when the crash happened.

“We haven’t pinpointed a time just yet. We really don’t know how long he had been laying there on the ground,” Maynard said. “We have to backtrack a little bit. Could there be cameras in the area? Can we get witnesses to come forward who might have narrowed down the time they could’ve seen the subject on the road? If they saw him and thought he might’ve been sleeping and kept going, that could help us narrow down the times to know when this might have occurred. It’s tough. We want to solve it. We have great investigators. We want to bring justice for the family because obviously who did this should’ve remained on scene instead of fled.”

Maynard says they don’t know who was originally at fault for the hit-and-run because the person who did it fled the scene.

“Even if the driver would’ve remained on scene, if, and we don’t know yet, if the bicyclist was riding in traffic, that’s something we could’ve asked the person who struck them to get their side of the story but we can’t get their side of the story because they fled the scene,” he said.

Officers say any bit of information could help their investigation.

Maynard, who runs the Crime Line, says all information given is anonymous and its vital that they have people speak up.

“It’s very important. Even a little bit of information you provide might be enough for us to crack this case open,” he said.

Callers may remain anonymous, are never required to testify in court, and are eligible for a reward up to $1,000 with information leading to an arrest.

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