Hit and run suspect arrested

Sandra Carter

FRONT ROYAL – The Front Royal Police Department has arrested a suspect wanted for a June hit and run in which a pedestrian was airlifted to the hospital.

Sandra Lavern Carter, 45, was arrested July 7 and charged on a felony count of hit and run.

A police news release states that Carter was arrested “without incident” at a Beeden Lane residence after they received information regarding her whereabouts. According to a criminal complaint by officer J.D. Noland, several people who were with Carter after the incident said she told them that she struck a pedestrian and fled the scene before police arrived.

According to previous reports, the hit and run occurred about 11:30 p.m. June 15 in the 300 block of West 14th Street in the vicinity of Shenandoah Avenue. Officers arrived at the scene to find an injured James Vincent Vansise, 41, lying in the road.

Nolan states in the complaint that witnesses told police that they “heard a female voice coming from the vehicle asking if the victim was all right.”

A police news release states that Vansise was airlifted to INOVA Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The release states that he has been released and will receive rehabilitation treatments for injuries sustained.

An affidavit by Detective Landin Waller states that police found a 2009 Chevrolet Impala with a dented hood containing a slide mark and a shattered window in the 1100 block of Virginia Avenue. He said that hair was found in shattered glass and the damage was “consistent with the crash.”

Nolan states in the complaint that the owner of the Chevrolet told police she loaned Carter the vehicle earlier that day.

Carter appeared Tuesday in Warren County General District Court, and a trial was set for 2:30 p.m. Aug. 21, according to online court records. She is being held without bond at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail.

General District Court Clerk Laura Jones said the office could not release any bond checklists, per the direction of Judge W. Dale Houff. She said that she does not know why this decision was made.

The release states that anyone with additional information should contact Noland at 540-635-2111.