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Richard Bernard Byers Jr. (Photo courtesy: Byers family)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police are still searching for the driver in a hit-and-run that resulted in a Winston-Salem man’s death.

According to police, 21-year-old Richard Bernard Byers Jr. was found lying alongside the roadway in the 2700 block of West Mountain Street shortly before 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13. Byers was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center with “visible injuries to his head.” He passed away a couple days later.

While no witnesses or suspects were found at the scene, police say they believe Byers was struck by a vehicle.

As of Tuesday, police said the department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit was following up on “recent investigative leads.” No other details were provided.

The victim’s mother, Jennifer Byers, told FOX8’s Chad Tucker her son had left his girlfriend’s home around 7 p.m. to walk to a friend’s house the night before he was found.

“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,” she said.

Richard Byers Sr. pleaded that anyone who may know what happened to his son come forward.

“This has been the hardest. Absolutely the hardest,” he said. “Just hurts so bad not knowing what exactly happened to him and I just can’t get that out of my system.”

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run is asked to call Crimestoppers at (336) 727-2800.