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Deputies searching for driver who ran from fiery fatal crash in Hanover

Posted at 6:06 PM, Aug 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-08 23:23:51-04

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. -- Deputies are searching for the driver they say ran from the scene of a fiery three-vehicle fatal crash in Hanover County Saturday morning.

Deputies with the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office said they received a report of a Jeep Wrangler driving recklessly on Route 54 before they were called to the wreck in the 14000 block of West Patrick Henry Road (Route 54) near King Road at 10:15 a.m.

"As deputies were responding to the area to locate the vehicle, a Jeep Wrangler sideswiped a Jeep Cherokee and struck a Subaru SUV head-on," Hanover Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. Steve DiLoreto said. "The Jeep Cherokee and Subaru were both traveling east."

DiLoreto said the Subaru burst into flames after the impact of the crash.

Deputies said the rear passenger in the Wrangler, described as a Hispanic male in his 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene. Identification of the deceased is being withheld pending notification to the next of kin, DiLoreto said.

The front passenger of the Wrangler, described as Hispanic male in his 20s, was taken to an area hospital.

The driver of the Subaru, who was the only person in the car and described as a white male in his 50s, was transported to an area hospital, according to deputies.

Additionally, the driver of the Cherokee was not hurt, deputies said.

Investigators said the driver of the Wrangler ran from the scene of the crash.

Deputies described the suspect as a Hispanic male with a medium build about 5 feet 6 to 5 feet 8 inches tall. He has medium length black hair and facial hair and was last seen wearing a black shirt with no sleeves, according to deputies.

The crash remains under investigation.

If you spot the suspect or have information about the crash that could help deputies, call the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at 804-365-6140 or the Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

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