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HILLSVILLE — The Hillsville Police Department is investigating a hit-and-run accident that happened on Main Street last Friday.
The department was called to the scene at 10 p.m. on June 13, after a witness saw a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee operated by an unknown suspect crash into a Chevrolet Tahoe that was parked in front of a residence on South Main Street.
“The suspect hit the vehicle so hard, that he basically knocked [the Tahoe] onto the sidewalk,” said Police Chief Greg Bolen.
The owner of the Tahoe, Richard Edwards, reportedly heard the crash from inside his home, and went outside to see what was happening. According to his statement to the police, he saw the operator of the Jeep back up and head north towards Food Lion.
The suspect guided the badly-damaged vehicle into the grocery parking lot, where he abandoned it and fled on foot. Witnesses told police they spotted him running through the Exxon parking lot, said Bolen.
Sgt. Jason Hawks heard the call and arrived on scene, along with Bolen and Carroll County deputies Brian Felts and Miranda Davis. They conducted a search of the area, but they did not locate the suspect.
“He had too good of a head start,” Bolen told The Gazette.
The department was still investigating the incident on Monday, and Bolen said that he is confident that they will find the suspect based on leads received by the department.
Witnesses provided only vague descriptions of the suspect, so no further information about his identity has been released.
Bolen estimated $8,000 to $10,000 in damage to the Tahoe, and $5,000 to $8,000 in damage to the Jeep Cherokee.
Anyone with information pertaining to this incident should contact the Hillsville Police Department at (276) 728-2251.