Saskia Elizabeth Reneau is Killed in Hit-and-Run Pedestrian Accident in Hampton

Pedestrians are often the victims of hit-and-run crashes. We are saddened to read about the death of Saskia Elizabeth Reneau after what police are describing as a hit-and-run pedestrian accident in Hampton.

Hampton Police say the woman died from her injuries after she was struck in a parking lot in the 400 block of Woodview Lane, early Saturday morning.

Police were called out at 2 a.m. following multiple reports about an accident involving a pedestrian and a car, reported Police found Saskia Elizabeth Reneau, 32, lying in the roadway. She was suffering from life-threatening injuries. She was transported to a local hospital but passed away later.

Woodview Lane, Hampton was the scene of a fatal pedestrian  hit-and-run accident

A hit-and-run pedestrian accident was reported on Woodview Lane, Hampton

Our thoughts are with the family of the deceased. Investigators said she was in the parking lot when she was struck by a white Dodge. The driver left the accident scene. Police posted details of a 32-year-old man wanted in connection with the crash on charges of felony hit-and-run. It’s not clear from reports whether Saskia Elizabeth Reneau knew the driver who hit her.

Deaths in a Hit-and-Run Pedestrian Accident

Saturday’s incident was just the latest fatal hit-and-run pedestrian accident on the Virginia Peninsula in recent years.

In 2014, a driver was arrested in Newport News for a pedestrian hit-and-run after a homeless man was hit by a pickup truck. The man was mown down on March 7, 2014, at about 8:30 p.m. close to the intersection of 74th Street and Jefferson Avenue.

Video surveillance showed the white pick up hitting the homeless man on Jefferson Avenue and driving away from the scene.

Last year, Jefferson Avenue in Newport News was the scene of another fatal pedestrian hit-and-run accident.

Tyrone Patrick, a popular 54-year-old janitor at Woodside High School was hit by four vehicles at an intersection on Jefferson Avenue.

He died on a Friday night as he attempted to cross Jefferson Avenue close to the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Shields Road. Police said one of the cars that hit the janitor failed to stop at the wreck scene.

Pedestrians are the most vulnerable road users. Even on crosswalks cars and trucks often fail to slow down. Parking lots are often dangerous places for pedestrians, especially after dark.

If you have lost a loved one at the hands of a hit-and-run driver, you should consider talking to a Virginia wrongful death attorney. Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers has meeting locations in Hampton and Newport News. Please contact us at (757) 455-0077.

Griff O'Hanlon

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