PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A North Carolina man has been taken into custody in connection with a hit-and-run that left one woman dead and another injured in Pittsylvania County last week.
According to Virginia State Police, a 2004 Honda CRV had become disabled while heading west on Route 58 (South Boston Highway) on Wednesday, June 15.
As a result, two women — identified by authorities as 62-year-old Lenise K. Snead of Danville, and an unnamed 33-year-old woman from Ringgold — started pushing the CRV in the right travel lane.
Then, shortly at approximately 9:18 p.m., officials tell WFXR News the women were hit from behind by a 2021 Honda Accord less than a mile east of Route 734 (Clarks Mill Road), causing both vehicles to go off the right side of Route 58.
Police say that Snead died at the scene of the crash, but the Ringgold woman was brought to a nearby hospital to be treated for serious injuries. Authorities have yet to share an update on the Ringgold woman’s condition or her name.
Meanwhile, the driver of the Accord — identified by Virginia State Police as Mckinley Thorpe Jr. of Roxboro North Carolina — ran away from the scene of the crash.
Officials say Thorpe was arrested without incident on Friday, June 17 and charged with one felony count of failure to stop at the scene of a traffic crash in connection with the ongoing investigation into Wednesday’s hit-and-run.
Thorpe is reportedly being held without bond at the Pittsylvania County Jail.