VSP: Washington County man arrested for attempted homicide following hit-and-run

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ABINGDON, Va. (WFXR) — Virginia State Police arrested a Washington County man on three felony counts of attempted homicide following a hit-and-run near Abingdon on Friday afternoon.

At 3:46 p.m. on Friday, April 9, police say a state trooper was dispatched to a crash involving a pedestrian in the 14300 block of Porterfield Highway.

Upon arriving on scene, the trooper reportedly discovered three pedestrians — two females and one male — had been struck in front of a building and the driver, 20-year-old Jesse A. Fritz of Damascus, had run away from the scene.

Fritz was located around 5 p.m. and taken into custody by members of the Abingdon Police Department, officials say.

Police say a 47-year-old man and an 18-year-old girl were treated at the scene for minor injuries while a 23-year-old woman was treated and released from a nearby hospital.

According to Virginia State Police, further investigation revealed that Fritz had been living at a residence in the building with two of the three victims he hit with his vehicle.

As Fritz was pulling out of the parking lot, authorities say he made a U-turn and intentionally drove towards the victims, striking the bumper of a parked car before jumping the curb and hitting all three individuals. 

Fritz is reportedly being held without bond at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Abingdon. 

The incident remains under investigation. 

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