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Driver speeds off after hitting woman walking in Mechanicsville neighborhood

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MECHANICSVILLE, Va. -- A woman was seriously injured after she was hit by a pickup truck while she walked in her Mechanicsville neighborhood, according to the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators have asked for help finding the truck driver who did not stop after the accident.

The woman was walking along the 8300 block of Wetherden Drive in the Brooks Hollow subdivision at about 7:35 p.m. on Saturday, September 12, when the truck hit her.

"Witnesses reported that a dark colored compact model pickup truck, similar to a Ford Ranger, struck a female pedestrian on Wetherden Drive and fled the scene at a high rate of speed toward Brooks Hollow Parkway," Hanover County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Major Michael Trice said. "The suspect vehicle was occupied by an unknown driver and a white female passenger. The female pedestrian was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries."

The woman's condition has not been made public. One neighbor, who lives near the accident scene, said speeding has been a constant problem on her street.

"Under Virginia law, drivers have a duty to stop and report traffic accidents involving injury or property damage," Trice said. "If the driver fails to stop and report the accident, every person 16 years of age or older in the vehicle with the driver at the time of the accident has the same duty to report the accident within 24 hours of the incident."

Anyone with information was asked to call the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at 804-365-6140 or Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.