Family of woman hit, killed in Suffolk crash on Christmas speaks out

Shauna Burton (Family photo)

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Family members are mourning a woman hit and killed in a car crash on Christmas.

Shauna Burton, 38, had been traveling from her family’s holiday dinner in Chesapeake, when she was struck and killed in Suffolk.

According to police, Burton collided with a vehicle around 5:15 p.m. on Whaleyville Boulevard. The other vehicle overturned in a ditch. As Burton got out of her car to check on those occupants, she was reportedly struck by an oncoming pickup truck.

“It’s as if I was sucker-punched in the gut,” her mother, Virginia Jones, told 10 On Your Side. “I never, in a million years, would have thought I’d be burying Shauna.”

Jones describes her daughter as a “bubbly” woman and a devoted mother to four children.

“They were her soul, concentration and motivation in her life,” she said. “They’re very good children.”

Jones is trying to remain strong for her grandkids, while leaning on her faith.

“I want to be there to offer any assistance that I can, and encourage them, and let them know that this too shall pass. It’s a part of life… It’s out of our control. I just want to help the kids understand that.”

According to police, the cause of the initial crash remains under investigation. The driver of the pick-up truck remained on scene. No charges have been filed at this time.

The occupants of the overturned vehicle were taken to the hospital, but were not seriously hurt, according to police.

Whaleyville was closed down in both directions for several hours on Sunday.

Loved ones have set up a GoFundMe for Shauna Burton. Click here to donate.

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