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.

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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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