DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — After a hit-and-run earlier this month led to the death of a motorcyclist in Danville, police say they have tracked down the vehicle believed to be involved in the crash, but they still need the public’s help with the investigation.
The Danville Police Department says officers responded to a crash involving a motorcycle just before 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, April 2 on Franklin Turnpike at Orphanage Road.
Then, on Friday, April 8, the department announced that the person operating the motorcycle — identified as 26-year-old Tyler Herndon of Danville — died after sustaining serious, life-threatening injuries in the crash.
This news comes several days after police released a picture of a black, four-door car that was reportedly involved in the hit-and-run, asking for the community’s help to identify the vehicle.
“The citizens of Danville and the region overwhelmingly responded! Hundreds of tips were sent in and some of the supportive and caring members of the community provided invaluable leads which allowed the vehicle to be identified as a 2015 Buick Verano, which was located and is now in the custody of the Danville Police Department,” officials said in a statement on Friday. “Investigators have worked around the clock to vet the numerous leads and continue to actively investigate this case. The Danville Police Department wants to thank everyone who called, emailed, texted, messages, or used any means to get information on the vehicle in this case.”
Anyone saw the suspect vehicle and its driver before or after the hit-and-run, spoke to the suspected driver after the hit-and-run, knows the suspected driver, or witnessed any portion of the hit-and-run is urged to contact the Danville Police Department.
“A conversation with investigators may help further this investigation to conclusion,” according to the department.
In addition, if you live in the area between the Gas House on Franklin Turnpike and Orphanage Road — or any connecting streets running off of Franklin Turnpike between those two streets, including the Shadow wood neighborhood — and you have video cameras that capture traffic, you are asked to look over your footage between 3:15 and 3:45 p.m. on April 2 and look for the black sedan pictured above.
If you would like authorities to review your video — or if you have any other information about the hit-and-run — you should reach out to the Danville Police Department by calling patrol at 434-799-6510, calling investigations at 434-799-6508, calling 911, calling Crime stoppers at 434-793-0000, approaching any officer you see, or sending a message through social media. According to police, information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case will be eligible for a cash reward.