The Warren County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Strasburg man who is a suspect in a fatal hit and run crash in West Virginia.
According to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office, deputies attempted to stop a black SUV on Monday in the area of Fairgrounds Road and Baugh Drive in Warren County after noticing “extensive damage to the rear passenger’s side including three broken out windows and a broken taillight.” The SUV continued south on Baugh Drive before stopping at “the property of a local manufacturing facility,” the release states
While behind the SUV, deputies observed the vehicle "failing to maintain its lane of travel,” the release states.
After stopping the vehicle, the deputies asked the driver, Kenneth Lee, 45, of Pendleton Lane in Strasburg, about the damage.
Lee stated that someone on Route 340 had side swiped him while traveling back from Charles Town, West Virginia,” the release states. “Lee was unable to tell deputies whether the incident occurred in Virginia or West Virginia. Deputies observed Lee acting confused and showing signs of being under the influence of an intoxicant. EMS was called to the scene; however, Lee declined medical attention.”
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in West Virginia on Monday alerted Warren County that the driver is a suspect in a hit-and-run crash in West Virginia.
According to a release from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, an SUV hit William Snyder, of Parkville, Maryland, on Route 340 near Halltown, West Virginia, earlier Monday while Snyder was checking his tractor-trailer on the side of the road.
“Multiple witnesses observed a black SUV strike him, stop briefly, and then leave the scene,” the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office release states.
Snyder was transported to INOVA Fairfax, where he was pronounced dead, the release states.
Witnesses took photos that showed the make, model and license number of the SUV involved in the crash as well as the damage it had sustained. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office release notes that the car the Warren County deputies had pulled over matches that vehicle.
“The vehicle not only possessed the same registration information but also had the damage visible in the pictures provided by witnesses,” the release states.
The Warren County news release states that Lee was charged with driving under the influence of drugs and refusal.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office obtained arrest warrants for Lee on charges of leaving the scene of an accident involving death and driving under the influence involving death.
Following his arrest, Lee was booked into the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail, where he is being held without bond.
Neither the Warren County Sheriff’s Office nor the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office responded by press deadline to requests for comment.