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82-year-old arrested in Henrico hit and run


A Henrico road worker is recovering after being hit by a car while on the job.

Drew Gunn is in intensive care at VCU Medical Center. Police say an 82-year-old hit and run driver is to blame. Now the victim's family is making a passionate plea to anyone who drives.

Carol Knowles considers it a blessing her 21-year-old son survived the hit and run right on Derbyshire Road Thursday morning. As he fights through his injuries, his relatives just want drivers to be alert, especially when work crews are on the roads.

"I scream and screamed. I was horrified. You never want to get a phone call like that about your child," Knowles said.

Henrico leaders say Gunn was working with a crew working on a ditch Derbyshire Rd. and Gunby Dr. His job was to signal traffic to stop and go. That's when the 82-year-old allegedly struck him.

"He was very visible. His boss said he had the green vest on, construction hat and very visible with an orange flag," Knowles said.

She says other crew members tried to flag down 82-year-old Billye Catherine Leonard to get her to stop. They say, when she didn't, they wrote down the license plate number and handed it to police.

"When she hit him, the police officer said it threw Drew 35 feet," Knowles said.

At the suspect's home Friday, a man answered the door but did not want to offer Leonard's side of the story.

"That upsets me. No regards to human life, that you just kept going. You didn't stop to see what you hit, and my son is up there in pain suffering," Knowles said.

That reality has the county worker's relatives now fighting to prevent this from happening to anyone else.

"Take caution. When you see a sign that says 'people working' or 'construction ahead', slow down. Watch out for people," Gunn's step-father Mark Knowles said.

The family says Gunn's managers have come to visit him in the hospital several times. They're thankful for that. A host of friends have also tried to do the same, but now they're asking for privacy so that Drew can continue to rest and recover.

Leonard was not taken to jail. She was issued a summons to appear in court for the felony hit and run charge. The 82-year-old will have a status hearing next month.

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