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Mother killed walking her dog in the West End; teen driver charged with hit and run

Posted at 11:44 AM, Apr 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-12 18:48:49-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- A driver struck and killed a Henrico mother who was out walking her dog, according to Henrico Police and a social media post written by the woman's husband.

Shannon O'Leary, 43, was killed along the 9300 block of Meadowgreen Road, off Francistown Road in Glen Allen, at about 8:46 p.m. Saturday.

"Henrico Police responded for the report of a person found in the front yard of a residence," a Henrico Police spokesperson wrote in an email. "Evidence on scene indicated the person had been struck by a vehicle. The vehicle was not at the scene. The victim died at the scene."

An investigation led to the identification of the suspected driver. Meleana Klenota, 19, was later arrested and charged with hit and run.

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Meleana Klenota

In a public Facebook post, O'Leary husband indicated his wife was out walking the dog when she was killed.

"I loved my wife with all my heart, and now there is only emptiness where that love once stood," he wrote, "She loved not only me and our children, but so many we consider neighbors and friends. I live in witness to the resurrection, as Shannon believed in Jesus and God's kingdom in words and action. She will be with the saints at the last, and I live in hope that I may see her there."

Anyone with additional information about this incident was asked to call Henrico Police at 804-501-5000.