Woman, 65, killed on Mechanicsville Turnpike

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. -- A 65-year-old woman struck by an SUV while she tried to cross a dark section of Mechanicsville Turnpike in Hanover County Saturday night has died, according to Hanover Sheriff's Deputies. Deputies identified the victim as Dinese Smith, of Charlotte County, Virginia, more than 80 miles away from Mechanicsville.

Elizabeth Smith, who is not related to the victim, drove past the aftermath.

"I saw all the lights and stuff here at the intersection, and then I thought, 'What are they doing out there?'" she said.

Investigators said Dinese Smith was walking across Mechanicsville Turnpike, near Bell Creek Road, at about 9:30 p.m. when she was hit by an SUV.

The SUV driver stopped at the scene. Dinese Smith was transported to the hospital where she died.

Officials noted there were no lights on that five-lane stretch of road where the accident happened.

Five-lane stretch of Mechanicsville Turnpike

Five-lane stretch of Mechanicsville Turnpike

"I've been here for 45 years, and I've never ever seen pedestrians crossing through here or crossing at the light,” Elizabeth Smith explained. “You just don't see pedestrians walking through here."

"That's the only thing that I could see is maybe she was staying at the hotel and decided to walk to get something to eat," Smith said. "I feel sorry for her family and her friends and loved ones.  I pray for them.”

Investigators asked anyone with information to contact the Hanover County Sheriff's Office at 804-365-6140 or Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

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