A Wytheville man has been charged with multiple counts relating to a fatal hit-and-run crash in Smyth County that happened Wednesday morning.
State Police has charged John Lewis, 34, of Wytheville with a count of first degree murder, a count of involuntary manslaughter, a count of malicious wounding and two felony counts of hit and run. Lewis is being held without bond at the New River Regional Jail.
Two men and two women were riding in a 2008 Ford diesel pickup truck when the driver, Lewis, pulled over and stopped in the 500 block of Knight Road.
Two passengers, Samuel Lawson and Heather Clontz, got out of the truck. Lewis then drove the truck and struck Lawson and ran over Clontz. Lewis drove off with the other female passenger.
Clontz, 35, of Fries died at the scene.
Lawson, 28, of Ivanhoe was flown to Bristol Regional Medical Center. He was treated and released.
State Police were able to find Lewis and his pickup in Wythe County. Lewis was taken into custody.
State Police has located the second female passenger. She is not being charged.
At 8:50 a.m., Wednesday (Aug. 24), Virginia State Police responded to a crash in Smyth County.
Two adult pedestrians were struck by a pickup truck in the 500 block of Knight Road. The pickup truck then fled the scene.
There is one confirmed fatality. The second person, a male, was flown to Bristol Regional Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries.
The incident remains under investigation.