Driver wanted for crash that killed Virginia bicyclist

Posted at 10:49 AM, Jan 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-14 10:51:35-05

FREDERICK COUNTY, Va. — Virginia State Police have asked for help finding a driver involved in a crash that killed a bicyclist in Virginia.

“Christofer A. Valeriano-Lanza, 20, of Winchester, is wanted on one felony count of duty to report an accident involving injury or death,” a Virginia State Police spokesperson said.

Police said Valeriano-Lanza was driving a 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer east on Route 7 in Winchester on Jan. 11, 2020, at 1:41 a.m., when he lost control, ran off the left side of the roadway, over corrected, ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a guardrail, and struck a bicyclist.

Bicyclist Mark W. Smith, 49, of Winchester, Va., died at the scene.

“Valeriano-Lanza fled the scene of the crash on foot before law enforcement arrived. State police is investigating the possibility of there having been two individuals in the Mitsubishi and who fled the scene following the crash,” a state police spokesperson said. “Speed and alcohol are both considered factors in the crash. The crash remains under investigation.”

Anyone with information was asked to call Virginia State Police Trooper J. Myers at 540-662-3313.

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