This article is from the All My Children FAQ, by Margaret Gibbs gibbsm@no_spam.poppyware.com with numerous contributions by others.
Laura was killed by Josh Waleski, an off-duty cop who had been
partying at McKay's. He ran her down with his car as she dashed
across Maple Street from Barbara Montgomery's house to Laura's
friend's house across the street. Josh's blood-alcohol level
was above the legal limit. Barbara (who was in love with Tom at
the time) had been babysitting Laura, and Laura had fibbed to
Barbara that she was allowed to cross the street alone.