Police identify pedestrian killed in Nelson Co. hit-and-run, seek public's help

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12:10 update:

The person killed in an early morning hit-and-run in Nelson County has been identified as 21-year-old Daniel J. Rasnake of Shipman, Virginia.

Virginia State Police are now asking for the public's help locating the vehicle involved in the fatal hit-and-run.

According to police, at approximately 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, Rasnake, who was driving a red Jeep was traveling along Route 6 when it ran off the road, went down an embankment, overturned and struck a tree. Rasnake then called a family member for help.

Then at some point between 3:45 a.m. and 4:15 a.m., Wednesday, Rasnake walked up Route 6 and was struck in the middle of the roadway. Rasnake, who was wearing dark, non-reflective clothing, died at the scene. He was struck on Route 6, near Route 810. There was heavy fog in the area at the time of the crash.

Police say they believe Rasnake was struck by a large and/or commercial vehicle.

Virginia State Police and the Nelson County Sheriff's Office were alerted to the fatal crash scene at approximately 4:15 a.m. Wednesday.  The Virginia State Police Crash Reconstruction Team and Bureau of Criminal Investigation are assisting with the ongoing investigation by Trooper E.D. Everhart.

Anyone with information concerning this crash is asked to please contact the Virginia State Police Appomattox Division at 434-352-7128 or on a cell phone at #77 or by email at questions@vsp.virginia.gov.


NELSON CO. (WSLS10) - A pedestrian in Nelson County was killed after a hit-and-run accident.

According to the Virginia State Police, it happened at 4:18 a.m. Wednesday morning on River Road near Route 29. River Road is closed due to the ongoing investigation.

Police are still working to learn more details about the incident.

So far, no charges have been filed.

Police sent the following news release to WSLS 10

At 4:18 a.m., Wednesday, Virginia State Police were called to assist the Nelson County Sheriff's Office with a fatal pedestrian hit-and-run. The incident occurred on River Road near Route 29. Incident remains under investigation. River Road is closed due to the ongoing investigation.

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