Radford student struck, killed overnight near VCU

RICHMOND (WRIC) – Police are investigating after a pedestrian was struck and killed near VCU early Saturday morning.

Police were called to South Belvidere Street near Cumberland Avenue at about 1 a.m. Saturday for reports of a person down. Police found an unresponsive adult male victim at the scene. The victim, 19-year-old Wilson I. Herrarte-Barahona, died from his injuries.

This is a very busy intersection at the VCU campus.

Some students, like Angela Atwater, say they are uneasy crossing even when they have the right of way.

“It is hard even when there is a walking signal because sometimes  people try to clip it and just go or they will rush you and you’ll hear them honking for you to rush across the street,” Atwater said. “I feel like you have to run even though it is your designated turn to walk.”

Herrarte-Barahona’s address of record is in Fairfax, Virginia. He is listed a student at Radford University.

According to investigators, the victim was attempting to cross South Belvidere with a group of other pedestrians despite a red light. One car stopped to avoid the group, and a car behind the first changed lanes to drive around the stopped vehicle. That second vehicle, a Volkswagen Jetta, attempted to avoid the group but struck the victim.

No other pedestrians were injured.

Police are urging pedestrians to be alert and avoid crossing without the right signal.

“It is very sad. It’s alarming,” Atwater said. “I think people should take their time and look around before driving into the street. People should be respectful of each other.”

Richmond Police officials said the striking vehicle remained at the scene. As the investigation is still on-going, it’s unclear whether or not charges will be filed.

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