Pedestrian struck and killed on Powhite Parkway

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A man is dead after being struck by a car early Sunday morning on Powhite Parkway.

Police say it appears the man’s car had broken down and he was walking southbound near Forest Hill when he was hit. Police said that the man was walking in the roadway southbound in the center EZ-Pass lane.

It happened around 6:30 a.m., the driver of the car stayed on the scene.

Police identified the victim as Julio Cesar Lopez Cornel, 39, of the 400 block of Lingstrom Lane in North Chesterfield, Virginia. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation is still in its early stages. No decision has been made on possible charges if any until investigators present their findings to the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

All southbound EZ-Pass lanes of the Powhite Parkway were reopened approximately three hours after the incident occurred. Traffic was able to get by either by exiting onto Forest Hill Avenue or travelling through the right-hand EZ-Pass and cash toll lanes.

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