Chesapeake Hit and Run Death – Police Seek Driver

One of four fatal accidents reported in the Hampton Roads area on Christmas Day led to the death of 51-year-old Brian Ray, a talented local artist. The death tore apart a family and left questions about a driver who didn’t stop in the Chesapeake hit and run death,

Ray was ejected from his Dodge Caravan after losing control on I-664 north near Route 58 west and hitting a guardrail, say Virginia State troopers.

A report on WAVY.com highlighted how the artist’s heartbroken family is seeking answers after this Christmas Day wreck.

Police probe Chesapeake hit and run

Ray landed on the pavement and was struck by another vehicle that didn’t stop early on Christmas Day.

Ray was an art instructor at Pinot’s Palette in Norfolk. His son Hunter told WAVY, he loved art and had a vibrant personality.

We wrote about this Chesapeake hit and run death and three other fatalities on the roads of Virginia on Christmas Day.

Hit and run accidents occur far too often. There are many reasons why drivers don’t stop at an accident scene but they are usually to blame. The driver who hit Mr. Ray may have been drunk, or driving recklessly or without a license. This is not the first Chesapeake hit and run death we have seen in recent months. There is never a reason to leave an accident scene.

Our thoughts are with the family of this talented artist and the other people who lost their lives over the holiday.

In Suffolk, Shauna Burton was killed in a multi-vehicle accident on Whaleyville Boulevard.

Burton’s car hit another vehicle around 5:15 p.m. on Christmas Day. The other car overturned in a ditch. As Burton got out of her car to check on the occupants, she was reportedly struck by an oncoming pickup truck.

Over the holidays the roads will be very busy at certain times. Mornings and evenings are dark and more people may be drinking alcohol. If you are driving in Hampton Roads, you should look out for accidents and people who may be on the roads.

Pinot’s Palette will hold a public memorial service at their studio, 240 W. 21st St. in Norfolk, on Jan. 8 at 1 p.m. Virginia State Police are seeking information about this fatal wreck. Call them at 757-424-6800.

Mike Snellings

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