WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Police say a Winston-Salem woman died Wednesday night after she was struck by a vehicle while attempting to cross an intersection.
According to police, Laverne Charity Watson, 45, was walking across Glenn Avenue at the intersection with 25th Street around 10:30 p.m. when she was hit by a champagne-colored 2001 Mazda Tribute.
Watson died at the scene, police said.
Police say the Mazda drove away after the accident. The suspect vehicle was found at the intersection of 25th Street and Patrick Avenue, but it was unoccupied, police said.
"Whoever it was if they have any conscious they would come forward and say what they did," says a friend who does not want to be identified.
Detectives are investigating "active leads" as of 6 a.m. Thursday, police said.
"Its a sad feeling, she was a lovely lady and very decent. I'm just saying she didn't deserve to be killed and whoever killed her needs to pay the price," said Stan McLauglin, Watson's friend and roommate.
No other information was provided.