85-year-old woman hospitalized in hit-and-run crash in Norfolk dies

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — An 85-year-old woman who was hospitalized following a hit-and-run crash in Norfolk earlier this month has died, police say.

Norfolk police said Vinnie Lanier was was crossing the intersection of Wide and Henry streets on Feb. 8 when she was hit by someone driving a silver or grey Nissan Altima. The driver fled the scene.

On Monday, 10 On Your SIde spoke with Lanier’s neighbor and friend, Laverne Warren. She says the two women have been friends for 18 years and was devastated to hear of her accident.

“We were supposed to have been together that Sunday night to go to another function in Newport News. But when I heard she had got hit I was really sad,” she said.

Police said Lanier was initially taken to the hospital in stable condition, but her condition declined until she was pronounced dead on Sunday, Feb. 17.

While she was in the hospital, Laverne never left her side.

“Yeah, I knew she was unconcious, but I let her know I was there because they say people in the comas can hear you,” she explained.

She says she feels the loss, not only personally.

“A great loss for the community, cause Ms. Vinnie was a neighborhood person. She was aways looking out for people and people was always looking out for her. Yes so it is, it is a great loss,” she said.

Her best friend is gone, but she says her faith is keeping her strong.

“God is going to prevail. I really feel like God is going to prevail because everybody has a heart and God works on our heart. So I’m hoping that God works on their heart and let them realize what they have cause great pain to someone’s family,” she said.

While they continue to mourn, she has a message for the person responsible.

“Have a heart, know that what you have done is not in the dark because God has seen it all and justice will be prevailed. You can’t run, you can’t hide,” she said.

Detectives are continuing to search for the driver involved in the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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