Louisa family finds closure after arrest in cold case

Brandon Fields
Brandon Fields
John Banks
John Banks

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email
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LOUISA COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - A Louisa County family finally has closure after police make an arrest in a 16-year-old cold case.

Virginia State Police reached out to the community for clues in a 1994 fatal hit and run. Just two months ago the family of John Banks was featured right here on NBC12, asking for help, and State Police tell us that plea paid off.

Bank's family wanted to find the driver involved in the 1994 deadly hit & run on Route 22, in Louisa County.

State Police say a tip following the July broadcast led to the arrest of 35-year-old Brandon Fields, who has now been charged with hit and run.

Banks was riding his moped in the Trevilians area of Louisa when he lost control and crashed.

A short time later, a pick-up truck with three people inside came through, struck Banks and left the scene.  State Police found Banks dead just before 10:30pm on that February night.

In July, we spoke with family and close friends about Banks, who today would be 51 years old and married to Virginia Smith.

After Virginia and others spoke with the media, investigators received a tip which led to Fields' arrest.  Fields, who lives in Louisa, turned himself over to police without incident Monday.

Thirty-five-year-old Brandon Fields was released on $3,000 bond. He's due back in court next Tuesday.

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