Three charged in hit, run case
FRONT ROYAL – Three town residents have been charged after an investigation into a hit and run case in which one person was taken by helicopter to Winchester Medical Center, and police say they found evidence of plans to distribute drugs illegally.
A written statement from the office of Chief Norman Shiflett said the victim, Lisa Michelle Oden-Laing, was found injured in the early morning hours in the 100 block of East Main Street. Police called her injuries to the abdomen and upper torso “indicative of being run over by a motor vehicle.”
Police said Oden-Laing, 47, of 718 Warren Ave., suffered a broken shoulder, ribs, a cut to an unspecified internal organ and bruises.
Sgt. Crystal Cline said a witness on Main Street called 911 to alert police that a pedestrian had been hit.
“She was talking to someone in the passenger side of the vehicle and when the car sped away, her body turned, and the vehicle basically went up from her pelvic area over her left shoulder,” Cline said of Oden-Laing.
Oden-Laing has since been released from the hospital.
Police said Oden-Laing was “conducting an illegal drug transaction” before she was run over by the Nissan sport utility vehicle.
Police said witnesses reported that Oden-Laing was run over by the rear passenger tire of the SUV, which sped away immediately after hitting her.
Police identified the passenger in the vehicle as April Lildawn Spiker, 42, of 2735 Guard Hill Road and the driver as Rebecca Peck, 43, of 331 W. Duck St. Police said a drug transaction between Spiker and Oden-Laing “went amiss” and led to the SUV running over Oden-Laing.
Oden-Laing and Spiker have each been charged with conspiring to illegally distribute an unspecified drug. Spiker has also been charged with failing to report a hit and run incident. Peck has been charged with felony hit and run and reckless driving. All three defendants have been released on secured bonds.
Spiker is scheduled to appear in Warren County General District Court at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 22. Oden-Laing and Peck are scheduled to have their next hearings in general district court at 10 a.m. on Dec. 8.
The investigation is continuing. Anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Landin Waller at email@example.com or at 636-2208.
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