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Wednesday March 22nd

5 pedestrians struck by car in March 8 hit and run on Fordham Boulevard

Five pedestrians were struck by a vehicle in a hit and run on Fordham Boulevard last week.

The pedestrians were transported to UNC Hospitals and treated for non-life threatening injuries after the accident on March 8.

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The victims were later released from the hospital, according to a press release from the Chapel Hill Police Department.

The five people were attending to a car accident on Fordham Boulevard near Scarlett Drive when they were struck by a 2000 silver Audi A4.

“It’s fortunate no one was seriously hurt when looking at the wreck report,” said Lt. Josh Mecimore, a spokesman for the Chapel Hill Police Department.

The driver of the silver Audi A4 fled the scene on foot.

Police said the driver might have been picked up by a passing car prior to officers arriving at the scene.

Mecimore said police are still looking for the driver of the vehicle.

“No arrests have been made, no charges have been filed,” Mecimore said.

CrimeStoppers is offering a $2,000 cash reward to anyone with information that leads to arrest in the case, according to an updated press release from police.

Anyone with information about the driver of the silver Audi A4 involved in the hit and run on Fordham Boulevard should call Chapel Hill Police or CrimeStoppers at 919-942-7515.

While police continue their investigation, no further information will be released.

This month’s accident adds to the growing list of incidents involving pedestrians and cyclists struck by vehicles on Orange County roads.

The N.C. Department of Transportation reported more than 350 pedestrians are injured or killed in the Triangle area every year.

Last year, police investigated 19 crashes with pedestrians and 10 cyclist injuries in Chapel Hill.

This month, Chapel Hill police officers will launch a series of events designed to promote pedestrian and cyclist safety.

Officers will host crosswalk awareness events at major intersections throughout town and there will be strict seatbelt enforcement this month.

Officers can cite drivers for failing to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks and pedestrians for crossing without the signal or outside the designated crosswalk.

Fines for these violations begin at $213.

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