Woman charged with murder for hitting man with car

Sarah Flanders (Photo: Virginia Beach police)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A Virginia Beach woman is facing a second-degree murder charge after police say she struck a man with her car and left him for dead.

Police arrested 39-year-old Sarah Flanders and charged her with second-degree murder in the crash that killed a man, early Saturday morning.

Around 5:25 a.m., officers were called to the parking lot of Plaza Middle School at 3080 S. Lynnhaven Road where a citizen reported an adult male had been struck by a vehicle.

Flanders lives in the 300 block of Rutherglen Muse, police said. The address is directly across the street from Plaza Middle School.

Police later identified the victim as 47-year-old Richard Owen Pentz of Virginia Beach. He was was transported to a local hospital, where he later died.

10 On Your Side spoke with Flanders’ mom, who said Flanders is really a caring person and feels terrible for what happened. She told 10 On Your Side Flanders and Pentz were friends. When our reporter Jason Marks went by Pentz’s home, we got more clarification on the relationship — family members tell us they were in an on-again off-again romantic relationship.

The one thing both families couldn’t answer was why the pair was over at Plaza Middle School so early in the morning. 10 On Your Side learned Flanders was married. Her husband lives in Portsmouth. We spoke to him, and he wasn’t aware Pentz had died. He said they’ve been married for two years and that Flanders didn’t live with him.

During our digging into Flanders past, WAVY.com learned her maiden name was Sarah McCoy. McCoy has a lengthy criminal history in many Hampton Roads cities. In 2009, she pleaded guilty to petty larceny and statutory burglary. There’s was charge in Norfolk for disorderly conduct.

And in Portsmouth in 2000, she was arrested for reckless driving and getting into a police chase. Those charges were dropped when she ended up pleading guilty to a hit-and-run that caused injury.

The case against Flanders on the current charges was transferred from General District Court to Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court Monday. She appeared in court Tuesday morning for her second arraignment. Flanders said she might hire an attorney.

VIDEO: Flanders’ video arraignment

Flanders is expected in court again October 7 for an attorney appointment hearing. Then the preliminary hearing is scheduled for October 30.

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