A Bedford woman is behind bars for allegedly hitting a man with her car on purpose Wednesday night.   It happened at the iStorage facility on Lakeside Drive in Lynchburg.  Police caught 39-year-old Melissa Gilmore after she ditched her car at the Speedway and tried to hide in a field nearby.  She’s charged with felony hit and run, DUI, and property damage.  The man was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. 

Here is the news release from Lynchburg Police:

Woman Arrested after Hit and Run on Lakeside Drive

LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Lynchburg Police Department has arrested a woman after she purposely struck a man with her vehicle on Lakeside Drive last night. 

On November 10, 2021 at 9:34 p.m., officers responded to the iStorage facility located at 2637 Lakeside Drive for a report of a hit and run with injury. When officers arrived on scene, they found a man who had been struck by a vehicle. The man was transported to Lynchburg General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  

The driver fled and abandoned the vehicle at the Speedway on Lakeside Drive. Officers located her hiding in a nearby field and took her into custody. 

As a result of the incident, Melissa Gilmore, 39, of Bedford, is charged with the following:

Additional charges are pending. 

The crash is still under investigation. Any additional information will be released as an update to this news release. 

Anyone with information about this crash is asked to call Officer Kirkland at (434) 455-6141.