Grieving daughter wants justice after mother killed in hit-and-run

AMELIA COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia State Police and the Amelia County Sheriff’s Office are seeking the public’s help to track down a hit-and-run suspect.

The wreck tragically ended the life of a 70-year-old Amelia County resident, Gale LaFountain. The victim lived with her daughter’s family on Oak Grove Loop where her body was found. “My mom did not deserve to die like this, she was a

“My mom did not deserve to die like this,” said LaFountain’s daughter, Shannon LaFountain. “She was a two-time breast cancer survivor, we just had so much loss in our family for the last couple of years, none of us deserve this. Especially her,  she was very gentle, a very gentle soul, very caring, the most honest and kind-hearted person I’ve ever known in my life and probably ever will.

“It’s just very difficult to think about her and if she suffered. It’s just very difficult.”

The crime scene in located in a very remote, rural area. S. LaFountain told 8News it was not unusual for her mother to walk the family dogs once or twice a day. Shannon believes her mother was struck and killed while looking for one of the family pets.

“It’s believed that she had taken our dogs out, we have an older dachshund that has gotten a little bit senile and I think his vision is poor and his hearing is a little poor, and I think he had wandered away and I think she was walking around looking for him,” S. LaFountain, who also stated authorities found the dog by her mother’s body.

Right now, there are only remnants of the investigation at the scene of the crime such as skid marks, orange paint markings in the road and investigator’s latex gloves.  Authorities said there was no debris left behind from the vehicle. Authorities and especially the family are hoping someone will come forward with vital information.

“I just want whoever did this to be responsible enough and human enough to come forward and own up to what they have done, it doesn’t really matter what the excuse was, it doesn’t matter if they were scared or drinking or previously in trouble, I really don’t care about any of that,” S. LaFountain said through her tears. “Just please let my mom have justice, let us have some closure so that the person who did this gets what they deserve.”

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