CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — A jury trial was tentatively set Friday by 23rd Judicial Circuit Court Judge David Hammer in the case against a Virginia man charged in a fatal hit-and-run accident.
Kenneth Jerome Lee, 45, of Strasburg, Virginia, pleaded not guilty Friday to the felony counts of driving under the influence causing death and leaving the scene of an accident involving death.
A speedy trial was requested in the case as Lee has been incarcerated in the Eastern Regional Jail since Feb. 11 in lieu of a $150,000 bond, according to Friday’s court proceedings. The state requested an extra couple of weeks as the results from an autopsy of the victim had not been returned.
The court tentatively set a July 31 trial date, and a July 8 pretrial in his case. Parties requested a two-day trial.
The defense requested a reduction in bond Friday; therefore, a bond hearing was scheduled for May 10.
Lee is alleged to have been driving under the influence on Jan. 21 when the vehicle he was driving allegedly struck a pedestrian near the 11-mile marker on U.S. 340 near Halltown.
After the accident, police said Lee fled the scene and was later apprehended after a traffic stop in Warren County, Virginia.
The victim, William Snyder Sr., 60, of Parksville, Maryland, was evacuated by air for medical care after reportedly being struck while pulled off on the side of the road to tighten the straps to his trailer. He later succumbed to his injuries.
Lee allegedly told police the damage to the vehicle he was driving was because someone on U.S. 340 had sideswiped him while he was traveling back from Charles Town. He was also allegedly unable to tell deputies whether the incident occurred in Virginia or West Virginia.