Virginia State Police sought the public’s assistance in locating a wanted Cumberland County resident following a fatal hit and run crash on Route 522, Zachary Taylor Highway and Route 719, Days Bridge Road that took the lives of Motorcycle Operator: Oneal F. Newman, 50, 12000 block Plantation Drive, Spotsylvania, and Passenger Joyce A. Herriot, 53, 8000 block Lawyers Road, Spotsylvania.
Kenneth G. Wadford, 30, 2000 block Anderson Highway, Cumberland, was taken into custody on June 24 at approximately 9 a.m. by the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office following a tip from the Louisa County community. Wadford was transported to the Central Virginia Regional Jail in Orange where he was held without bond pending his arraignment in Louisa County on June 25. Wadford was charged by state police with two felony counts of hit and run. Wadford was also wanted on an unrelated charge for failure to appear out of Charleston County, S.C.
Shortly before 9:30 p.m. (June 22), state police were called to the scene after the driver of a 2003 GMC Savana 3500 Van struck the rear of a 1988 Kawaskai 1000 motorcycle. The motorcyclist and his female passenger were both ejected off of the motorcyle and were both struck as the driver fled the scene. They both died at the scene.
The suspect driver continued traveling southbound on Route 522 before the van broke down and the driver fled on foot into a heavily wooded area. A search of the area was conducted for the suspect with the assistance of the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office.
Based on the trooper’s investigation, Kenneth G. Wadford, 30, was operating the van at the time of the crash. Wadford is wanted for two felony counts of hit and run. He is considered dangerous and was last seen wearing a white tanktop, red shorts, and flipflops.
The Division I Accident Reconstruction Team is assisting with the on-going crash investigation.
The Virginia State Police would like to thank the Louisa County community for their assistance and the media for their coverage.