State police investigating hit-and-run that reportedly left man stranded on roadside for an hour

He was wearing a traffic vest


Burnett has since been released from the hospital. 


State police is investigating a reported hit-and-run that a man says left him on the side of the road for about an hour before he was able to get help. 

Authorities say Richard Burnett, 30, told state police that he was walking on Sanderson Drive on his way to work when he was hit by a gold vehicle around 4:30 a.m. He claims that he was on the side of the road for about an hour until a passerby stopped to help and called 911. 

According to state police, the car was going north on Sanderson Drive when it ran off the right side of the road and hit Burnett, who was wearing a traffic vest so that he was visible while walking. 

Burnett was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital by a family member with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Authorities say the crash remains under investigation.  

Anyone with information is asked to call Virginia State Police at 1-800-542-5959. 


Authorities are investigating an early morning hit-and-run in Botetourt County. 

According to Virginia State Police, the incident happened around 5:45 a.m. on Sanderson Road near the post office. 

Police did not have any information on injuries or suspects. 

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