Police say they tracked down the tractor-trailer they believe is responsible for a recent hit-and-run accident that left a pedestrian dead on I-64. Authorities say they located a tractor-trailer at the Anheuser-Busch brewery in James City County.
Anheuser-Busch released a statement to the media acknowledging that a truck owned by a company that transports their products was involved in a fatal accident early last week. Anheuser-Busch denied any responsibility in the matter but has said they will help in the investigation in any way they can.
Virginia State Police have said that the investigation is ongoing and that no new information will be released yet. The initial accident took place at 1:30 a.m. last Tuesday when a man was found dead along the side of I-64 near Exit 205 outside of Richmond. Police officers say that by the time they found the man, he had been struck by several passing vehicles.
Police said that an investigation discovered evidence that a white tractor-trailer had been involved in the accident and had fled the scene. They then began searching for an 18-wheeler with damage to the front right side. Police were given a tip that the track was located in area of the Anheuser-Busch brewery and eventually located it there. So far the driver of the truck has not yet been identified but police say they are aggressively pursuing the matter and have asked anyone with information to come forward.
There are laws in every state, including here in Virginia, which make it illegal to flee the scene of an accident involving injury to another person or property. Despite this, drivers still leave the scene of accidents they have caused far too often. Many times drivers leave an accident scene because they are afraid of being arrested; perhaps they were driving without a license, have outstanding warrants or were intoxicated and fear being taken to jail.
In cases like this one where the person struck by the tractor-trailer later died the case is even more horrifying. Had the driver of the truck simply stopped and called for help more might have been done to save the pedestrian’s life. Instead, the trucker fled the scene of the accident to avoid taking responsibility for what was done.
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Here's a Google Map showing the location where the tractor-trailer was found: