Pedestrian hurt in hit and run is recovering
FRONT ROYAL – A town man struck by a vehicle in a hit-and-run incident almost two weeks ago continues to recover from his injuries, police said Wednesday.
Front Royal Police Capt. Crystal Cline said Wednesday in an email that the department has not made any arrests in the hit and run. Detective Landon J. Waller said by phone Wednesday the case remains under investigation.
A 41-year-old Front Royal man sustained injuries in the incident that occurred just before midnight June 15 in the 300 block of W. 14th Street, near the 1400 block of North Shenandoah Avenue, according to information provided by Waller. When asked if police had interviewed any potential suspects, Waller said only that the investigation continues.
An affidavit filed by Waller in Warren County Circuit Court on June 20 for a warrant to search a vehicle identified in the investigation provides some details about the case.
“As a result, the victim sustained serious injuries and was transported via air to Fairfax Inova Hospital,” the affidavit states. “Witnesses were interviewed and stated that a silver (later determined to be gold) 4-door passenger vehicle was seen leaving the scene of the accident.”
The victim of the hit and run is in a rehabilitation facility as a result of the injuries sustained in the incident, Cline said in the email.
Authorities on June 17 located a gold 2009 Chevrolet Impala with a shattered passenger-side windshield and a dent on the hood below the windshield in the 1100 block of Virginia Avenue, the affidavit states.
“Upon closer examination, hair was located within the shattered glass of the windshield and a slide mark was noticed in the dented area of the hood,” Waller’s affidavit states. “The interior of the vehicle was locked and through my training and experience, physical evidence is usually located on the inside of a vehicle. The vehicle was transported to a secure location.”
Officers took swabs of the steering wheel, the center of the steering wheel and the gearshift for DNA evidence. Officers also seized an iPhone box and a Samsung cell phone from the inside of the vehicle.