A 22-year-old Chesterfield County woman was killed in a hit-and-run early Wednesday in Richmond’s Shockoe Bottom that left three other people injured, one of them critically.
Richmond police have classified the death of Shanice Woodberry, who lived in the 7200 block of Apple Orchard Road, as a homicide. The state medical examiner’s office will determine Woodberry’s cause and manner of death.
Richmond police know who is responsible for the crime, the city’s police chief said. William Smith, speaking at a news conference that was held to announce he had been named Richmond’s new police chief, said his department is “actively pursuing the individual.”
Police responded to the 1700 block of East Main Street about 1:55 a.m. after receiving a report of a pedestrian hit. Officers found two women and a man who had been struck by a vehicle.
The three were rushed to a hospital, where Woodberry died. The other woman had life-threatening injuries as of Wednesday afternoon.
Police learned later that a fourth person, a woman, had taken herself to a hospital after being struck in the same incident.
Kyle Levin, the night manager at The Pizza Place on the southwest corner of East Main Street and South 18th Street, said he witnessed part of the events.
Levin said a bar employee at Image Restaurant and Lounge, which is on the same block as The Pizza Place, came over to alert him after a fight started outside between the driver and the eventual victims. The Image employee told Levin that the driver, a woman, had gotten into her car and struck one of the female victims before continuing down Main Street.
Levin then went outside, where he saw the driver come back down Main Street and hit the other three victims, he said.
“I went outside to see,” Levin said. “I see the two girls were hit [on Main Street], and then the guy got dragged down the road.”
He said he then ran back to check out his restaurant’s security footage, which showed “the car coming down the intersection, and then drove down towards 19th Street, turned around, and came back through, and that’s when they hit the other people.”
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Detective G. Bailey at (804) 646-6743 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.
“We’d like to thank all of the members of the community who immediately shared information and videos,” Richmond police Lt. Faith Flippo said in a news release. “Our detectives are currently reviewing all of the footage that has been provided and hope to soon bring closure to these families.”
You can also contact Crime Stoppers by going to www.7801000.com or using the P3 Tips app for smartphones.
All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.