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State police searching for hit and run driver

By Joe Beck

Virginia State Police are searching for a hit and run driver who they say left the scene of a single car crash on Stony Creek Road near Edinburg Monday.

Sgt. F.L. (Les) Tyler of the state police said the driver has been identified as Jessie Lee Herald, 26, of Edinburg.

Tyler said Herald was traveling westbound around 1:50 p.m. on Stony Creek Road about 1/10 of a mile west of Readus Road when his 2007 Toyota car left the road, hit an embankment and rolled over. Herald was traveling with a 3-year-old boy in the car, Tyler said.

"Mr. Herald took the child and fled the scene," Tyler said. "He wound up going back to the child's residence."

Tyler said authorities are unsure whether the child's residence is also Herald's. Herald left the residence on foot before state police arrived, Tyler said.

State police responding to the crash found the child in the residence and took the boy to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries, Tyler said.

Trooper A.S. Waybright investigated the accident and obtained arrest warrants for Herald on charges of felony hit and run; felony child endangerment, misdemeanor failure to provide medical attention to a child and driving under revocation, Tyler said.

The Shenandoah County Department of Social Services, Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office and fire and rescue crews assisted in the investigation.

Herald is described as 5 feet 11 inches tall, 220 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes. State police are asking anyone with information on Herald's whereabouts to contact them at 540-829-7771.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com

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