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Laura Ngo from Roanoke Was Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver in Southampton

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Laura Ngo from Roanoke Was Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver in Southampton

By Bill O'Mara, Virginia Car Accident Lawyer

I was saddened to read about a tragedy on a remote road in Southampton County over the weekend that claimed the life of a woman from Roanoke.

Police say 34-year-old Laura Ngo was hit by the roadside and the driver who struck her and kept on going down the highway.


The Virginian-Pilot reported the fatal crash happened just before 7:40 p.m. Sunday, a sheriff’s news release says. Laura Ngo and her husband had pulled to the side of Southampton Parkway and Ngo was standing in the road when a vehicle struck her and kept going. She was pronounced dead later at a local hospital.

The sheriff’s office said evidence suggests the vehicle that hit Ms. Ngo was a 2014 Hyundai Sonata on Route 58. The car will have a damaged front bumper. Investigators say they have no information on the color and no description of the driver.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Detective Griffith or Deputy Fuller at 757-653-2100.  They can also report information anonymously to the Franklin/Southampton Crime Line by calling 757-653-2900.   

My thoughts are with the family of Ms. Ngo. Every year dozens of hit-and-run accidents occur in Virginia. It’s tragic enough to lose a loved one. It’s even worse when the driver responsible for the death fails to stop at the scene.

Last summer, two fatal hit and run accidents occurred over a single weekend in Hampton Roads. Often drivers who leave a scene have something to hide. They may be driving drunk or driving without a license. In most cases, the police later apprehend drivers who flee an accident scene and they face even more serious consequences than they would have otherwise.

Pedestrians can be particularly vulnerable on roads. On busy highways such as Norfolk’s Tidewater Drive or Jefferson Avenue in Newport News, we have seen cases of pedestrians being hit on crosswalks. They can also be vulnerable on the roadside in rural parts of Virginia where lighting is poor.

If you or a loved one has been hit by a driver who leaves the scene, you have rights. Call us today at Cooper Injury Lawyers for a free consultation at (757) 455-0077.


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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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