58-year-old man dies at hospital after hit-and-run in Newport News

Generic: Newport News Police
Posted at 6:04 PM, Oct 11, 2021

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - A man died at the hospital after being hit by a car in the area of 39th Street and Chestnut Avenue Friday night.

Around 10:09 p.m. on October 8, Newport News Police responded to the area in reference to an auto-pedestrian crash.

Once on scene, officers found a 58-year-old Newport News man, later identified as George Edward Byrd Sr., lying in the road; he was suffering from injuries that were believed to be life-threatening.

Byrd was taken to a local hospital, where he died a short time later.

After a preliminary investigation, police say Byrd was crossing 39th Street at Chestnut Avenue in the crosswalk when he was hit by a dark-colored SUV that fled the scene.

There is no suspect information at this time.

The investigation remains ongoing.

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