Family, friends remember woman killed in Hampton hit-and-run

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Posted at 6:01 PM, Mar 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-09 10:54:33-05

HAMPTON, Va. - Heartbroken friends and family came together Tuesday night to remember Cynthia “Darlene” Barlow.

The 60-year-old woman died Monday night after Hampton Police say she was struck by two cars while crossing North King Street near Rip Rap Road around 7:30 p.m.

Better known as Darlene, Barlow’s loved ones gathered by candlelight at the scene in her honor just 24 hours after the hit and run.

“I’m going to so miss my sister,” said Barlow’s sister Gwen Barlow. “I love her so much.”

Her sisters Gwen Barlow and Phyllis Williams are still in shock. They said they’re leaning on family and friends for support.

“I’m so hurt; I am so hurt. I can’t believe this actually happened to my sister,” Gwen Barlow said. “Not Darlene. Darlene, the one that loved everybody and leaved her lipstick on all the time.”

Witnesses tell News 3 she was hit by a truck, sending her four to five feet in the air. That driver sped from the scene. Moments later, another driver also hit Barlow. The second driver stayed on the scene.

Barlow was crossing N. King Street heading from a bus stop to the 7-11 when she was struck by the two cars. She died on the way to the hospital.

The bus stop is now filled with her pictures, memories of the mother and grandmother whose family says was loved by everyone.

“She was a lovely person,” said Gwen Barlow. “She has a heart of gold, and I miss her already.”

Her family said she loved to dance and laugh.

Her five children and six grandchildren now hold onto her pictures tight. They say they hope the first driver comes forward so they can begin to heal.

“She was my everything, my twin,” Phyllis Williams said. “We did everything together. I loved her so much. I can’t believe it. I couldn’t sleep; my heart is so heavy. I don't know what I will do without my sister.”

No charges have been filed against the second driver at this time.