Hilda Holston

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Daily Press
September 29, 1978

Woman, 88, Killed by Auto

An 88 year old Fox Hill woman was killed Thursday night while crossing Beach Road to attend a prayer meeting at a neighbor’s home.

Mrs. Hilda Collier Holston of 173 Beach Road was dead at the scene when she was hit by a car driven by a 17 year old boy, Hampton police said.

Police would not release the name of the boy, a Kecoughtan High School student because he is a juvenile. No charges have been placed yet since the accident is still under investigation.

The boy was reportedly driving a station wagon registered to Fox Hill Service Station. The car has been impounded by police.

The boy, who is said to have been going to a fishing spot, was traveling north on Beach Road when he struck Mrs. Holston, who had almost reached the other side of the road. Police said Mrs. Holston was carried on the hood of the car for about 20 yards.

Mrs. Holston had resided with her daughter and son-in-law Mr. and Mrs. William D. Malcolm for almost 50 years. She lived with us since we’ve been married,” Malcolm said this morning.

Malcolm said his mother-in-law was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Fox Hill and attended prayer meetings at the neighbor’s home where they were held from time to time.

She was in good health and her hearing while not the best, was good for her age. Malcolm said “I can only remember her being in the hospital one time since I’ve known her”.

Malcolm said Mrs. Holston was still able to drive her car.

I didn’t see the accident. “He said, “Some neighbor’s ran up and told us, but she was already dead. She was lying in a pool of blood.

A crowd of 40 persons formed after the accident some of whom reportedly expressed concern over dim lighting on the tree-lined residential road.

Malcolm however, said he did not think it was excessively dark in the area, pointing out several street lights.

Mrs. Holston was the seventh traffic fatality in Hampton this year and the fourth this month.

Mrs. Holston was a native of Hampton and a member of Amelia Wyatt Bible Class, Fox Hill Woman’s Club, Daughters of the Confederacy, Ladies Auxiliary of Fox Hill Fire Department, Golden Age Club and Shelton Home Auxiliary.

She also is survived by two grand-children and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday in Lawrence B. Wood Funeral home by the Rev. Henry Sudduth.

Burial will be in Clark Cemetery.

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