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Man killed in Portsmouth hit and run identified by VSP

Bystanders pulled the person out of the road and unsuccessfully tried to administer medical aid.

NORFOLK, Va. — In the early hours of Sunday, Virginia State Police responded to a scene in Portsmouth after a hit and run left a man laying dead in the road, VSP said. 

The crash occurred in the westbound lanes of Interstate 264 at exit 6 for MLK Expressway. 

VSP said the incident left 47-year-old Portsmouth resident Durrell Jerome Sawyer laying in the road with no pulse. Bystanders moved the man off the road and tried to give him first aid. They were unsuccessful. 

Sawyer was walking eastbound in the westbound lanes when a vehicle struck him, VSP said. 

The vehicle that hit the man did not stop and drove off.

On Monday morning, VSP announced that they were looking for a silver Acura MDX that has possible damage to the front and side. At the time of the crash, three women were reportedly inside. 

VSP is looking for help from anyone who was driving close to the MLK Expressway area of I-264 Sunday around 12:48 a.m. and may have seen the incident happen. 

Anybody with information on the situation can call 757 - 424 - 6800 or go to questions@vsp.virginia.gov

The situation is an ongoing criminal investigation by VSP.

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