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Hanover man charged in fatal hit-and-run on 295

Posted on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 12:29 pm

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A Hanover County man faces multiple charges following a fatal hit-and-run crash on Interstate 295 in Hanover County.



In a statement released today, Corinne Geller of the Virginia State Police said Dwayne G. Miller Jr., 31, of Mechanicsville, is currently being held at Pamunkey Regional Jail on charges of DUI, refusal to submit to a breath/blood sample, involuntary manslaughter, felony hit-and-run and obstruction of justice related to the crash that killed a 22-year-old Henrico man Thursday night.

At 8:25 p.m., May 1, Virginia State Police Sr. Trooper D.T. Davenport was called to the scene of the crash alongside the southbound lanes of I-295, just north of Exit 37.

A passenger vehicle had broken down and stopped on the right shoulder of I-295. The driver contacted a local wrecker service to request a tow truck to remove the vehicle. A rollback wrecker, driven by Jason E. Bailey, 22, of Henrico, arrived to assist the family with their vehicle.

The passenger vehicle was on the rollback, the family had just left the scene, and Bailey was standing on the traffic-side of the wrecker near its exterior control panel when a southbound 2012 Ford Explorer, driven by Miller, ran off the right side of the interstate. The Explorer struck the wrecker and then Bailey, spun around, overturned, and crashed into a ditch approximately 50 feet in front of the wrecker. Miller then fled the scene on foot into the woods towards a nearby subdivision.

Troopers M.L. Robertson and M.L. Tudor headed for the subdivision to search for the driver. Residents of the subdivision provided a description of a man seen running through the neighborhood. Based on the witness statements, the two troopers located Miller and took him into custody without incident.

The incident remains under investigation. The Virginia State Police Richmond Crash Reconstruction Team is assisting with the investigation.