Woman killed, man injured in hit-and-run accident
One woman was killed and a man injured in a hit-and-run accident on Sea Link Drive, off East Street South, shortly after 6:30 a.m. yesterday, police said.
Police said the 22-year-old female driver was in custody assisting with the investigation into the matter.
A Nissan Cube struck two pedestrians, Chief Superintendent Craig Stubbs reported.
Police believe the driver was at fault in the accident.
“Based on the initial report from our witness, it appears as though it might have been the result of a distracted driver,” Stubbs said.
“The [driver] traveled from the eastbound lane on the northern side and crossed over to the westbound lane on the southern side, where she…made contact with those two pedestrians.”
According to police, the female pedestrian had significant head trauma and was pronounced dead on the scene. The man was transferred to Princess Margaret Hospital where he was listed in critical condition.
Officials said the vehicle was found abandoned in the Bougainvillea Boulevard area after residents followed it and communicated its whereabouts to police.
“Based on the information we received from the vehicle, we were able to contact a relative of the driver,” said Stubbs, noting that police took the driver into custody.
Stubbs said these accidents seem to be more common in recent times.
“We have seen in the last year, and more so this year, that hit and run accidents have increased where persons get involved in accidents and fail to remain stationary,” he said.
“We appeal to those motorists, please stop. It’s an accident. Allow police to come to the scene, do the investigation and determine who was at fault for the accident. In some cases you might not be at fault, but it’s paramount that you remain on scene.”
According to statistics released by police in January, there were 69 deaths as a result of 63 traffic accidents last year.
Deaths involving motor vehicles increased by 29 percent, compared to 2017.
Education: Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish
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