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State police looking for car after man’s body found on I-85

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PETERSBURG, Va. (WTVR) - Interstate 85 south reopened in Petersburg early Wednesday morning after Virginia State Police conducted a death investigation near Squirrel Level Road. Police responded to I-85 about 10:40 p.m. Tuesday to investigate reports of a man lying down in the travel lane.

In an email late Wednesday, Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Thomas Molnar said a witness reported seeing a dark in color, possibly grey sedan, that was stopped on the right shoulder of the roadway. When troopers arrived on scene, that vehicle did not stay at the scene.

If this vehicle is involved in the hit-and-run crash, there should be damage to the vehicles front end," Molnar wrote.

The victim's body, which was struck by several vehicles, was taken to the medical examiner's office to determine cause and manner of death.

The man's identify has not yet been released.

State police are continuing to investigate the incident as an apparent suicide and hit-and-run.

I-85 was closed in the area from approximately 11 p.m. to 5:20 a.m.


  • Lindsey

    The only thing more disturbing than the fact that a body was found on the interstate is the fact that he was struck by several cars.. how do you see a human laying in the road and run him over?

  • Shelley

    Where does it say that the cars did not see him? He could have been seen too late to avoid hitting him. The story does not indicate at this time whether those same vehicles stopped or left the scene. I would like to assume they all stopped once it was safe to do so.

  • sw

    I know people would like to think that people stopped but unfortunately a good majority do not. They got a call that a man was lying in the travel lane. Wouldn’t the call have been that I hit a man lying in the travel lane. This story is definitely missing some important information.

  • tinesha jones

    well i am the child of the man who died and since i been here in this earth for 18 years i know if you driving and you can ferl a bump. i know you can feel a body.. so who ever hit him is wrong because when he jump he was still alive.

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