Police Seek Leads in 1994 Fatal Hit and Run in Louisa

July 26, 2010

Virginia State Police are asking for the public's help in developing new leads in a 1994 fatal hit and run crash in Louisa County that claimed the life of 34-year-old John Banks.

Sixteen years later, Banks' family has also not given up their search for answers.

"We loved him so much, so anyone out there that knows what happened that night, please come forward so it can give us some closure," said Virginia Smith, who was John's fiancee at the time.

On the night of February 18, 1994, police say a 1993 Tomos moped was traveling eastbound on Route 22 in Louisa Road, when the driver lost control and ran off the right side of the roadway. The moped and the driver came to rest in the roadway. Shortly after the crash, an eastbound vehicle, possibly a Nissan or small low-riding pickup truck, struck the victim and left the scene.

At 10:26 p.m., Virginia State Police responded to the scene and found the victim, 34-year-old Banks, deceased.

The State Police Accident Reconstruction Team assisted in the investigation and evidence collection. Several witnesses were interviewed and leads were developed.

"We know there is somebody out there living with their guilty conscience for the past sixteen years," said Sgt. Thomas Molnar, of the Virginia State Police.

Banks left behind two teenage children at the time of the crash and he would be 51-years-old this year.

"He wasn't at our graduation. He won't be at our first wedding to walk us down the aisle. He won't be there when the grandkids are going," said Kendra Banks, John's daughter.

Over the past 16 years, the Virginia State Police has continued to follow up on all information received in the case. The Louisa County Crime Solvers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in this case. Anyone with information should contact the Virginia State Police Dispatch Center at (804) 553-3445 or the Louisa County Crime Solvers at (800) 346-1466.

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