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Police may never learn why 27-year-old Leisa Trivette Adams of Winston-Salem was walking in the road in the 3300 block of Carver School Road at 4:00 a.m. on December 27, 2009, but they have recently located the vehicle believed to be involved in the hit-and-run accident that took her life.

FOX recently reported on the case.

It is always a tragedy when someone so young and with so much life ahead of them dies, but to have a life cut short in a motor vehicle hit-and-run adds another layer of grief to surviving family members wondering how?..why?

North Carolina law naturally requires drivers who know they have been involved in a crash resulting in serious bodily injury or death to remain at the scene of the crash. Willful violation of this requirement is a Class F felony.

Hopefully in time Leisa Adams’ family will have the answers they seek. Those answers, however, will sadly not bring her back.

There are criminal and civil repercussions for hit-and-run accidents once the driver is identified. The police and district attorneys are responsible for pursuing any criminal penalties against drivers who fail to stop and render aid following a crash. Wrongful death and personal injury actions provide possible monetary recoveries on the civil side of the law.

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