Mount Airy police seek help in finding hit-and-run driver who seriously injured local woman

Local woman seriously injured in crash

By Tom Joyce -

The Mount Airy Police Department is appealing to the public regarding a hit-and-run incident that seriously injured a woman riding a moped.

Investigators are seeking information about the driver of a car that struck and basically ran over the two-wheeled vehicle on the night of March 1, according to accounts from those who were at the scene.

Robin Barnett, 31, of Oak Ridge Drive, Mount Airy was the victim of the collision that occurred about 7 p.m. on U.S. 52-North near Westwood Shopping Center.

Barnett was traveling between the shopping center and West Lebanon Street when the moped was struck by the car. The car’s driver failed to stop and continued north on U.S. 52.

The woman received what police described as “significant injuries” and was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. She reportedly remains hospitalized from the injuries that reportedly caused paralysis.

Witnesses have described the suspect vehicle as a smaller passenger car, gold in color and possibly a Honda. They reported that it had a loud exhaust and Virginia registration plates.

The public is being asked for any information leading to the whereabouts of the vehicle or driver involved in the hit-and-run collision.

Anyone with such details is asked to call the Mount Airy Police Department at 336-786-3535.

Tom Joyce may be reached at 336-415-4693 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.

Local woman seriously injured in crash

By Tom Joyce

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