LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) – A Lynchburg man has been found guilty of multiple charges in the 2020 hit-and-run death of a 23-year-old pedestrian.
The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office of Lynchburg says Quintial Louwell Spinner, 48, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, hit-and-run, and driving under the influence of alcohol.
The charges stem from a hit-and-run that took place on Nov. 14, 2020.
Authorities say a pedestrian attempted to cross 12th Street near the intersection with Taylor Street in Lynchburg around 8 p.m. that day. That’s where the hit-and-run was said to have taken place.
According to the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, Spinner drove away from the scene and turned right on either Wise Street or Floyd Street and back up 11th Street, where he parked near 1004 Taylor Street.
Officials say Spinner smoked a cigarette and walked back to the scene where the pedestrian laid unconscious and was being attended to by emergency personnel.
Spinner reportedly told police that he did not return to the scene until five to 10 minutes after the collision.
The victim was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office says Spinner initially told people that he witnessed the crash, but it was only after police questioned him that he revealed he was the driver who hit the pedestrian.
Spinner was asked to perform a field sobriety test when he was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
Officials say Spinner’s blood-alcohol level was 0.05 percent three hours and 50minutes after the crash.
Surveillance footage from the Justis Market was played for jurors which shows the victim walk across one lane of 12th Street before crossing the center lines which is where the crash reportedly took place.
Using a speed test, it was estimated that Spinner was traveling around 50 mph when he hit the pedestrian.
Spinner is set to be sentenced on Feb. 2, 2022 and will include sentencing for a charge of driving on a suspended license from the same events.
Involuntary manslaughter and hit-and-run carry a sentence of one to 10 years each. The misdemeanor charges of DUI and driving on a suspended license carry a sentence of up to 12 months behind bars and a $2,500 fine.
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