New details released after woman and dog died while walking in Greenville

One arrest was made in the hit and run that killed a woman and her dog on Saturday along Augusta Street in Greenville. Brittany Langley Lawson, 38, was running with her dog around 7:15 a.m. near Westminster Church when a vehicle crossed oncoming lanes and struck her and the dog, the senior deputy coroner said Kent Dill. The involved SUV was left at the scene but everyone inside fled, Dill said. On Tuesday, Greenville officials said the involved vehicle was stolen and a suspect was in custody. Police said on Thursday that Veronica Dawn Tharp, 32, stole the vehicle shortly before the collision and charged her with possession of a stolen vehicle on Saturday night. Based on the evidence from the scene, witness statements, and CCTV footage, investigators determined that Tharp was driving a 2002 Mercury Mountaineer when she crossed two oncoming lanes of traffic, walked up a sidewalk and drove off. hit the victim, who was walking. After the collision, Tharp fled the scene on foot without providing assistance or notifying law enforcement as required by law, officials said. She was also found to be driving a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license. Tharp is charged with reckless homicide, hit and run with death and driving with suspension. She is currently being held at the Greenville County Detention Center without bond. “The city engineer has scheduled a meeting with representatives from SCDOT later this week to discuss options to improve driver and pedestrian safety in the Augusta Street area,” Brotherton said. Nearby neighbors said they would like to see traffic and infrastructure changes on the roadway. Craig Evans said he and his wife had lived in the same house near Augusta Street for almost 19 years. , the fifth person killed at this intersection since we’ve lived here and they have to change that, “he said.” Something needs to be done. “Jon McKnight, another landowner in the area, agrees. “I don’t know what the answer is, but just slow down,” he said. “That would be one of the most important things that would help, I think. Slow people down. ”

One arrest was made in the hit and run that killed a woman and her dog on Saturday along Augusta Street in Greenville.

Brittany Langley Lawson, 38, was running with her dog around 7:15 a.m. near Westminster Church when a vehicle crossed oncoming lanes and struck her and the dog, the senior deputy coroner said Kent Dill.

The involved SUV was left at the scene, but everyone inside fled, Dill said.

On Tuesday, Greenville officials said the involved vehicle was stolen and a suspect was in custody.

Police said on Thursday that Veronica Dawn Tharp, 32, stole the vehicle shortly before the collision and charged her with possession of a stolen vehicle on Saturday night.

Veronica Dawn Tharp, indicted in the Greenville hit-and-run who killed Brittany Lawson, 38, and her dog, while she run on Augusta Street,

Greenville Police Department

Based on the evidence from the scene, witness statements, and CCTV footage, investigators determined that Tharp was driving a 2002 Mercury Mountaineer when she crossed two oncoming lanes of traffic, walked up a sidewalk and drove off. bumped into the victim, who was walking.

After the collision, Tharp fled the scene on foot without providing assistance or notifying law enforcement as required by law, officials said. She was also found to be driving a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license.

Brittany Lawson

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Brittany Lawson

Tharp is charged with reckless homicide, hit and run with death and driving with suspension. She is currently being held at the Greenville County Detention Center without bond.

“The city engineer has scheduled a meeting with representatives from SCDOT later this week to discuss options to improve driver and pedestrian safety in the Augusta Street area,” Brotherton said.

Nearby neighbors said they would like to see traffic and infrastructure changes on the roadway.

Craig Evans said he and his wife had lived in the same house near Augusta Street for almost 19 years.

“It’s horrible but it will have been, I think, the fifth person killed at this intersection since we’ve been living here and they have to change that,” he said. “Something has to be done.”

Jon McKnight, another owner in the area, agrees.

“I don’t know what the answer is, but slow it down,” he said. “That would be one of the most important things that would help, I think. Slow people down.”

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