Woman indicted with murder for alleged hit-and-run

Sarah Flanders (Photo: Virginia Beach police)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A Virginia Beach woman now faces two felony indictments for a hit-and-run crash in September that killed a pedestrian.

A grand jury meeting in Virginia Beach Circuit Court Monday returned indictments of second-degree murder and felony hit-and-run for 39-year-old Sarah Flanders.

Police say Flanders hit 47-year-old Richard Owen Pentz with her car and then left him for dead. The incident happened in the early morning in the parking lot of Plaza Middle School, which is on South Lynnhaven Road. Police say that’s directly across the street from where Flanders lived.

Family members at Pentz’s home after the crash told 10 On Your Side Flanders and Pentz were in an on-again-off-again romantic relationship. Flanders’ family members said she was married and her husband of two years was living in Portsmouth.

The one thing both families couldn’t answer was why Pentz and Flanders were over at Plaza Middle School so early in the morning.

10 On Your Side looked into Flanders’ past and learned she has a lengthy criminal history under maiden name, Sarah McCoy. That includes a guilty plea in Portsmouth for a hit-and-run that caused injury.

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