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Police still seeking suspect in hit-and-run

on September 28, 2011

Nearly a week after a car fatally struck a wheelchair user in the North and East neighborhood, police are still pursuing leads.

David Cox, 52, was struck Sept. 23 around 6 p.m., Richmond Police Capt. Mark Gagan said. He was taken to a hospital and later succumbed to injuries received from the wreck, which took place on the 3400 block of Esmond Avenue.

“We’re offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the driver,” Gagan said. “We have eyewitnesses and we are also reviewing CCTV [closed-circuit TV] footage from various cameras around the city.”

Gagan described the car as a “’90s, late-model, black two-door Lexus SC400,” last seen heading south on 34th Street directly after the wreck. The act of leaving an accident after someone is killed is a felony, Gagan added.

Gagan said Cox apparently suffered from lifelong spina bifida, a spinal cord defect, which is why he used a wheelchair.

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