Woman killed in Hampton hit-and-run leaves behind 5 children, 6 grandchildren

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Posted at 10:07 PM, Mar 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-12 14:16:14-05

HAMPTON, Va. - Hampton Police are investigating a fatal pedestrian crash.

On Monday around 7:32 p.m., officials received a call in reference to a pedestrian crash that had just taken place in the 900 block of North King Street.

When officers arrived, they found a 60-year-old woman, later identified as Cynthia Barlow, in the road. She was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Cynthia, who also went by Darlene, according to her sister Phyllis Williams, leaves behind five children and six grandchildren. Her sister also said that Cynthia loved to dance and go shopping.

"I got here and I saw her scarf laying in the middle of the street, I could not believe she was dead," Williams, Cynthia's sister, said. "She was my everything, my twin. We did everything together, I just can't believe it."

Family tells us Barlow was dropped off at the 7-Eleven on King Street. She was excited to get out of the car because she saw someone she knew.

"I saw a truck coming down the road coming real fast, and she come across the street, he hit her and she went 4 to 5 feet in the air," said one witness. "Then she came down in the street, and the guy that hit her, he ran through a red light, turned and went up the street. Barlow crossed over to the bus stop and walked back to this store when she was struck not once, but twice."

"She was laying in the street when another lady hit her, didn’t see her, ran across her, so she was double hit," he said. "One minute I was talking to her, the next minute she was dead."

Witnesses say a truck sped away from the scene, and a bumper and an attached license plate were left behind. The second car that hit her stayed to help police.

"All of us ran to help and call 911, he didn't stop. This guy didn't care and just took a life," said the witness.

It is a Class 5 felony to leave the scene of an accident where someone is killed or injured or if it caused more than $1,000 in damages. Police are still looking for the driver of the first vehicle that hit Cynthia and sped off.

News 3 has been in contact with Cynthia's nephew, and he provided the image above of her.

The crash remains under investigation and no charges have been placed at this time.

If you or anyone you know has information that will assist police, they are encouraged to contact the Hampton Police Division at 757–727–6111 or the Crime Line at 1–888-LOCK-U-UP. Tipsters can also send an anonymous tip by visiting our secure tip form at

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