Cumberland Man Wanted For Deadly Hit and Run In Louisa

June 23, 2013

LOUISA, Va. (AP) - Police are searching for a suspect in a hit-and-run wreck that killed two motorcycle riders in Louisa County.

Virginia State Police say the van hit the motorcycle's rear and the victims were ejected. The van then struck the victims and fled the scene.

State police spokesman Sgt. Thomas Molnar says the driver of the van, 30-year-old Kenneth G. Wadford of Cumberland, fled on foot into a heavily wooded area after the vehicle broke down.

The wreck occurred shortly before 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Zachary Taylor Highway and Days Bridge Road.

Wadford is charged with two felony counts of hit and run.

Molnar identified the victims as 50-year-old Oneal F. Newman and 53-year-old Joyce A. Herriot, both of Spotsylvania. Newman was operating the motorcycle.

Press Release:

Louisa Co. - Virginia State Police are asking for the publics assistance in locating a wanted Cumberland County resident following a fatal hit and run crash on Route 522, Zachary Taylor Highway and Route 719, Days Bridge Road.

Shortly before 9:30 p.m. (June 22), state police were called to the scene after the driver of a 2003 GMC Savana 3500 Van struck the rear of a 1988 Kawaskai 1000 motorcycle. The motorcyclist and his female passenger were both ejected off of the motorcyle and were both struck as the driver fled the scene. They both died at the scene.

The suspect driver continued traveling southbound on Route 522 before the van broke down and the driver fled on foot into a heavily wooded area. A search of the area was conducted for the suspect with the assistance of the Louisa County Sheriff's Office.

Based on the trooper's investigation, Kenneth G. Wadford, 30, was operating the van at the time of the crash. Wadford is described as a white male with dark hair, approximately 6 feet tall and weighing 175 lbs.

Wadford is wanted for two felony counts of hit and run. He is considered dangerous and was last seen wearing a white tanktop, red shorts, and flipflops.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Virginia State Police at (804)553-3445. Any information provided is confidential.

Identity of the deceased is pending next of kin notification. The Division I Accident Reconstruction Team is assisting with the on-going crash investigation.

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