Wo­man run over by ve­hi­cle in Sper­ryville suc­cumbs to her in­juries

Trooper: ‘This was not a hit and run.’

Rappahannock News - - MEETINGS • CROSSWORD - By John Mc­caslin Rap­pa­han­nock News staff

A 19-year-old wo­man who was struck by a ve­hi­cle in Sper­ryville Sun­day night died on Wed­nes­day as a re­sult of her in­juries, Vir­ginia State Po­lice Trooper War­ren Street told this news­pa­per yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

“The mother [of the vic­tim] asked that we not re­lease her [daugh­ter’s] name,” Street said Wed­nes­day.

The wo­man was re­port­edly ly­ing in the west­bound lane of Route 211 near Estes Mill Road (Route 667) when she was struck by an ap­proach­ing Toy­ota High­lander be­ing driven by a 32-year-old wo­man. The ac­ci­dent oc­curred at ap­prox­i­mately 8:05 p.m.

The vic­tim suf­fered se­vere in­juries and was flown by mede­vac he­li­copter to UVA Univer­sity Hospi­tal in Char­lottesvill­e.

Ac­cord­ing to the trooper, a hus­band and wife trav­el­ing west­bound in their ve­hi­cle “wit­nessed” the ac­ci­dent. Just sec­onds be­fore they had avoided hit­ting the wo­man and im­me­di­ately did a U-turn to ren­der as­sis­tance, turn­ing on their emer­gency flash­ers to warn ap­proach­ing ve­hi­cles.

But it was “too late,” said Trooper Street, as the driver of the Toy­ota, also trav­el­ing west­bound, ran “straight over” the wo­man. Af­ter be­ing struck, the vic­tim was “un­con­scious but breath­ing,” he said.

Both the driver of the Toy­ota and the mar­ried cou­ple, who also have not been iden­ti­fied by au­thor­i­ties, re­mained at the scene of the ac­ci­dent un­til emer­gency crews ar­rived. No charges will be filed in the ac­ci­dent.

“I would like to dis­pel a ru­mor,” the trooper said, “this was not a hit and run.”

Street said yes­ter­day that the wo­man’s “med­i­cal his­tory pos­si­bly led to her be­ing in the road,” and fur­ther tests might help cor­rob­o­rate that.

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