Winston-Salem 21-year-old killed in hit and run

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem man police say was struck by a vehicle Tuesday has died.

The parents of 21-year-old Richard Bernard Byers Jr. say he passed away Thursday night after suffering a severe head injury. Police had no witnesses or suspects in the case.

“He wanted to serve,” said his mother Jennifer Byers. “He liked helping others, he would give blood and wanted to go into the military.”

Byers says Monday night her son left his girlfriend’s home around 7:00 p.m. walking to a friend’s house. Tuesday morning around 10:30 a.m. police found him lying on the side of West Mountain Street. “He had lots of bleeding and swelling that was pretty much all over probably from [doctors] not being able to get to him as quickly and so surgery was pretty much ruled out from the beginning.”

Facing life support they made the difficult decision not to continue treatments Thursday night. In that pain, they found peace in knowing their son was not through giving. “It was on his driver’s license that he wanted to be a donor and that made us really proud.  Though someone tried to take his life he wants to give life to others.

“This has been the hardest, absolutely the hardest,” said Richard Byers, Sr. who ask anyone who many know what happened to come forward and give the family closure.  “Just hurts so bad not knowing what exactly happened to him and I just can’t get that out of my system.”

Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is asked to call police.

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