Roanoke man charged with hit and run of Salem cannon - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Roanoke man charged with hit and run of Salem cannon

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Police in Salem have pressed charges after a World War I cannon which has been a historic staple in Salem was damaged by a hit and run driver.

It happened late Sunday night.

Police have charged 45-year-old Richard Earl Godley of Roanoke with one misdemeanor count of leaving the scene of an accident and one count of reckless driving.

Godley was apparently heading south on College Avenue and attempting to make a left hand turn onto Roanoke Boulevard when the 2001 Dodge Durango SUV he was driving struck the cannon.

Godley will be responsible for the restoration costs of the cannon which is estimated in the thousands.

The city hopes to have the cannon fully restored by August and placed back at the war memorial on the intersection of College Avenue and Roanoke Boulevard before the 100th anniversary of World War I.

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