Suspect Arrested in Augusta County Fatal Hit and Run

Full story: NBC29 Charlottesville

AUGUSTA CO. A Lyndhurst man is dead and another man is under arrest following a fatal hit-and-run in Augusta County Tuesday night.
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1 - 18 of 18 Comments Last updated Jan 31, 2013
JustBCause

Charlottesville, VA

#1 Jan 30, 2013
This is so sad. Someone who probably has his license taken away and using a moped to get back and forth to work. People please drive without distractions...I'm not saying the driver was distracted by maybe a phone, radio,etc. but it almost had to be something in order to hit this poor guy. Very sad for his family today.
firsthandknowled ge

Waynesboro, VA

#3 Jan 30, 2013
JustBCause wrote:
This is so sad. Someone who probably has his license taken away and using a moped to get back and forth to work. People please drive without distractions...I'm not saying the driver was distracted by maybe a phone, radio,etc. but it almost had to be something in order to hit this poor guy. Very sad for his family today.
I say ban mopeds from the road. They are beyond dangerous; especially after the sun goes down they are hard to see. Same on this dude for fleeing the scene though. Glad they got him!
Poppa

United States

#4 Jan 30, 2013
You can run, but you can't hide. Thank you Wilson FD and VSP. Job well done!!
Poppa

United States

#5 Jan 30, 2013
firsthandknowledge wrote:
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I say ban mopeds from the road. They are beyond dangerous; especially after the sun goes down they are hard to see. Same on this dude for fleeing the scene though. Glad they got him!
you are so right. they are hard to see at night,
Rush Maddow

Hardy, VA

#6 Jan 30, 2013
firsthandknowledge wrote:
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I say ban mopeds from the road. They are beyond dangerous;
Typical Liberal.
YANKYZ2

Waynesboro, VA

#7 Jan 30, 2013
So sorry for the Cox family! If you knew the driver, you'd know why he ran!! Just call it "KARMA"!!! Guess he will be going back to jail!
Really

Charlottesville, VA

#8 Jan 30, 2013
Ban mopeds! Is this really a thought, wow some cannot afford vehicles an like stated earlier some loose there license so are forced to ride them to get back an forth to work, so what do you say about bicycles on the road guess they need to go also right, so sorry to the family for there loss prayers are with you.
Native

Charlottesville, VA

#9 Jan 30, 2013
Really wrote:
Ban mopeds! Is this really a thought, wow some cannot afford vehicles an like stated earlier some loose there license so are forced to ride them to get back an forth to work, so what do you say about bicycles on the road guess they need to go also right, so sorry to the family for there loss prayers are with you.
this is the result of mixing mopeds, bicycles, and such with vehicles. The roads where build for cars and trucks and sharing often does not go well for the two wheelers.
FMJ

Palmyra, VA

#10 Jan 30, 2013
i bet felony dui gets added to there charges before its over with.....at least thats what i hear
More BS

Waynesboro, VA

#11 Jan 30, 2013
Yep--check Augusta County court records. Looks like RJW was convicted of selling Schedule 1 and 11 drugs back in 09. Got 3 years. Must not been out long.
Eville

Charlottesville, VA

#12 Jan 30, 2013
SRA (Scooter Rascals Association) had the following release.

If everyone had a scooter, then this type of incidents will not happen.
firsthandknowledge wrote:
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I say ban mopeds from the road. They are beyond dangerous; especially after the sun goes down they are hard to see. Same on this dude for fleeing the scene though. Glad they got him!
Justice

Waynesboro, VA

#13 Jan 30, 2013
People that use motorcycles mopeds and bicycles should start carrying a gun to take care of lowlifes that think they have no right to be on the road
wrong

Collinsville, VA

#14 Jan 30, 2013
Really wrote:
Ban mopeds! Is this really a thought, wow some cannot afford vehicles an like stated earlier some loose there license so are forced to ride them to get back an forth to work, so what do you say about bicycles on the road guess they need to go also right, so sorry to the family for there loss prayers are with you.
A huge percentage of those on the mopeds lost their driving privelage for various reasons to start with. So you think it's okay for them to go get a moped and hit the streets again??? Not that this gentleman fits in this category but it's true for most. I feel terrible for the parties involved. I feel if you are on the highway you should have all the lights and be able to maintain the posted speed so when we pop over a hill on a street that has a speed limit of 55 and bam, there you are on a moped running 35 so we don't run you over. Sadly almost always it's the driver of the car's fault according to the law. That's not the case always. If you loose your driving rights then that is exactly what should happen, you shouldn't be able to drive a bike on the highway. If you broke the law driving then you can't just hope in a different car and say well that happened in my other car so I can still drive this one.
More BS

Waynesboro, VA

#15 Jan 30, 2013
If you have lost your driving privileges in Virgina it is against the law for you to ride a moped on the streets I believe. My sympathy's go out to the family.
the deal

Waynesboro, VA

#16 Jan 30, 2013
I mean NO disrespect to the grieving family...this is a tragedy to be sure, and I am very glad they have arrested the guy who hit him, however, anyone who knows this road at all knows that a moped on it at 8pm at night in the winter is risking their life, no joke. So sad.
TGIF

Orange, VA

#17 Jan 30, 2013
Mopeds should be banned from the highways. They are not insured, there is not state tags or inspections and the rider does not have a valid driver's license. Why get on the highway riding 15 mph when the posted speed is 55 ? It is sad that this person lost his life, but he took a risk and paid for it. God Bless His Soul.
George S

Hartselle, AL

#18 Jan 30, 2013
Really wrote:
Ban mopeds! Is this really a thought, wow some cannot afford vehicles an like stated earlier some loose there license so are forced to ride them to get back an forth to work, so what do you say about bicycles on the road guess they need to go also right, so sorry to the family for there loss prayers are with you.
Under Viriginia law, an motorized vehicle operated on a public road must be licenced, inspected, taxed, and insured.

When mopeds cought on in the late 1970s, the government ignored its own laws, and has allowed people to operate mopeds illegally ever since.

There are no such laws regarding human-powered bicycles.

Someone suggested that the driver of the car fled the scene because he had lost his license, then others speak of the moped rider having lost his license. Both of these ideas are speculations, not facts.
FMJ

Palmyra, VA

#19 Jan 31, 2013
how do we know this wasent a street legal moped. some can go up to 90 and have to be inspected and insured like a motercycle same with anything above 90cc i believe

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