Hit And Run Kills Two

Published 3:44 pm Tuesday, June 25, 2013

CUMBERLAND – Kenneth G. Wadford, a 30-year-old Cumberland County resident, was taken into custody by the Louisa County Sheriff's Office at 9 a.m. Monday morning, according to a State Police report issued by the department's Public Relations Manager Corinne Geller.

State Police had asked for help locating Wadford Sunday morning, following a fatal hit and run crash on Routes 522 and 719 in Louisa County the previous night.

Oneal F. Newman, 50, and Joyce A. Herriot, 53, both of Spotsylvania, died at the scene of the crash, according to police.

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A 2003 GMC Savanna 3500 Van, allegedly driven by Wadford, struck the rear of a 1988 Kawaskai 1000 motorcycle, according to the state police report. It goes on to state that both the motorcyclist and his female passenger were ejected off of the motorcycle and both were struck as the driver fled the scene.

The suspect driver continued driving until the van broke down on Route 522, the report states, adding that he then fled on foot into a heavily wooded area.

Wadford was wanted for two felony counts of hit and run.

Wadford was taken into custody without incident by the Louisa County Sheriff's Office as the result of a tip called into the sheriff's office by a citizen who recognized him following media reports, Sergeant Thomas J. Molnar stated in a police update Monday evening.

Wadford was transported to the Central Virginia Regional Jail in Orange.

The State Police is continuing its investigation, in consultation with the Louisa County Commonwealth's Attorney's office.