Hit, run suspect is jailed

By Joe Beck

The search for an Edinburg man accused of abandoning an injured child after a hit and run accident ended Tuesday morning when the suspect turned himself in at the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities had sought Jessie Lee Herald, 26, since Dec. 23 when his car was involved in a single-vehicle crash at about 1:50 p.m. on Stony Creek Road near Edinburg. A passenger in the car, a 3-year-old boy, received minor injuries in the crash, according to state police.

Sgt. F.L. (Les) Tyler of the Virginia State Police said Herald turned himself in at the Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday.

Capt. Wesley Dellinger of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office said Herald was still held in the jail as of Thursday afternoon.

“He voluntarily turned himself in,” Dellinger said of Herald, adding, “it was sometime during the day.”

State police say Herald was westbound on Stony Creek Road about 1/10 of a mile west of Readus Road when his 2007 Toyota ran off the road. The car hit an embankment and rolled over before coming to a rest.

State police say Herald took the child who had been in the car with him and fled the accident scene on foot before troopers could arrive.

Herald fled to the child’s residence, then left the child behind as he fled on foot again, state police say.

State police say they found the boy at the residence and took him to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

State police had been seeking Herald on charges of felony hit and run, felony child endangerment, misdemeanor failing to provide medical attention to a child and driving under revocation.

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