Woman charged after accused of hitting man with vehicle on purpose in Lynchburg

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Melissa Nicole Gilmore is being held at the Lynchburg Adult Detention Center following a hit-and-run on Nov. 10, 2021. (Photo: Courtesy Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — A woman faces multiple charges after police say she intentionally hit a man with her vehicle in Lynchburg Wednesday night.

The Lynchburg Police Department says officers responded to the iStorage facility at 2637 Lakeside Drive shortly after 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10 for a report of a hit-and-run with at least one person injured.

When police arrived at the scene, they found a man who had been struck by a vehicle. That man was then brought to Lynchburg General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

According to the department, the driver left the scene and abandoned the vehicle at the Speedway on Lakeside Drive. However, officers took her into custody after they found her hiding in a nearby field.

As a result of the crash, authorities say they charged 39-year-old Melissa Gilmore of Bedford with the following:

  • Felony hit-and-run
  • Felony driving under the influence
  • Felony property damage

Additional charges are reportedly pending.

If you have any information about this hit-and-run — which is still under investigation — you are asked to call Officer Kirkland at 434-455-6141.

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