GREENSBORO, N.C. — Authorities in Greensboro are looking for the driver of a white utility van who they say is responsible for a hit-and-run that resulted in a fatality.
On Sunday around 10:30 p.m., the utility vehicle described as having a ladder on it with some sort of lettering was headed westbound on Gate City Boulevard.
Witnesses said the driver was speeding down the road at a high speed and struck 53-year-old David Robinson. Robinson did not survive his injuries.
“From what I understand he was just walking from his hotel to the store,” said Erin Saunders, who was a witness on the scene.
Saunders was at a nearby gas station charging her phone like she always does. But this night, she would become witness to what she describes as one of the worst displays of disregard for human life she’s ever seen.
“They hit him so hard it sounded like he wrecked into another vehicle,” she said.
Saunders and her fiancé rushed over to see if they could help.
“I was running so fast I ran out of my shoes and got to the road and I knelt down to get a pulse — he had no pulse. He wasn’t breathing,” Saunders said.
She said she and her fiancé started using their bodies as a shield to protect Robinson from being hit again by oncoming traffic.
Saunders said her dad was a medic and she’s heard and seen some horrific things in her life, but it’s what happened after the initial impact that kept her up last night.
“When he came loose from under the vehicle, I’m assuming, they ran over the top of him,” she said.
She is still trying to come to grips with how that driver never hit the brakes.
“The only thing I could think was, he can’t have a conscience at all,” Saunders said.
As emergency crews arrived on scene, she said she started gathering Robinson’s belongings.
“He was wearing a hat, so I stuck all of his things in a hat,” Saunders said.
It was a simple act of kindness in a moment so dark. Because Saunders said she knows this could’ve been her.
“If something like this happened to me, I would want someone to do that for me,” she said.
The Collision Reconstruction Unit is now investigating.
The vehicle was last seen getting on I-40 heading towards Guilford College Road from West Meadowview Road.
Anyone with information on the vehicle or the driver is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (336) 373-1000.