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UPDATE: Driver taken into custody in double fatal hit and run

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UPDATE FROM VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: “At approximately 9:00 a.m. this morning, the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office took Kenneth G. Wadford into custody following a tip from the Louisa County community. Further details surrounding Wadfords arrest will be provided as they become available.”


By Portsia Smith

Virginia State Police are searching for a man wanted for two felony counts of hit and run involving a crash that killed two Spotsylvania County in Louisa County.

According to State Police Sgt. Thomas Molnar, troopers responded to the intersection of Zachary Taylor Highway and Days Bridge Road for a crash around 9:30 p.m. Saturday night.

Molnar said the driver of a 2003 GMC Savana 3500 Van struck the rear of a 1988 Kawasaki 1000 motorcycle.  The male motorcyclist and his female passenger were ejected from the motorcycle and both struck by the van as it fled. They both died at the scene, he said.

Police have identified the motorcyclist as 50-year-old Oneal F. Newman of the 12000 block Plantation Drive in Spotsylvania, and his passenger as 53-year-old Joyce A. Herriot of the 8000 block Lawyers Road in Spotsylvania.

The van continued traveling southbound on State Route 522 before it broke down and the driver fled on foot into a wooded area, Molnar said. A search of the area was conducted by the State Police with assistance from the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office.

Based on the trooper’s investigation, the driver of the van at the time of the crash was identified as 30-year-old Kenneth G. Wadford of the 2000 block Anderson Highway in Cumberland County.

He is described as a white male with dark hair, approximately 6 feet tall and weighing 175 pounds. He was last seen wearing a white tank top, red shorts and flip flops.

Molnar said Wadford should be considered dangerous.

The Division I Accident Reconstruction Team is assisting with the ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact the Virginia State Police at 804/553-3445. Any information provided will be kept confidential, he said.

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