VIRGINIA STATE POLICE BEAT Coward driver fled and left Jovonne Lowther to die in the crash

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VIRGINIA STATE POLICE BEAT Coward driver fled and left Jovonne Lowther to die in the crash

 

NEWPORT NEWS, VA. – The driver of a vehicle who crashed and killed his passenger fled from the scene before police arrived, reports the Virginia State Police.

On April 12, 2018, at approximately 5:37 PM, the Virginia State Police was called to investigate a single vehicle accident in the city of Hampton.

A 1997 Ford Explorer was traveling southbound on Interstate 664, south of Power Plant Parkway, when the driver lost control of the vehicle, ran off the roadway and overturned into a drainage ditch.

The driver, a black male, fled the scene of the accident on foot before emergency personnel arrived on scene.

Police say that a female passenger, Jovonne Champaign Lowther, was not wearing her safety belt and was ejected from the vehicle, suffering life-threatening injuries.

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Lowther was transported to Riverside Regional Medical Center where she later succumbed to her injuries.

Police say that a 29-year-old woman and two children (3 & 5 YOA) were also transported to Riverside Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

It is unknown if alcohol played a factor in the accident as the coward behind the wheel beat feet and left his passengers to die.

The accident is still under investigation and efforts are being made to identify the driver who fled the scene.

The notification has been made to the family members of Jovonne Champaign Lowther, 24, female, of the 1300 block of 16th Street, Newport News, Virginia.

Police report that the cause of the crash is listed as reckless driving, failure to maintain proper control of the vehicle.

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