Hit and run fugitive found in nursing home

John Quincy Allen
John Quincy Allen

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A Chesterfield family has some much needed closure tonight. John Quincy Allen, who was convicted of hitting and killing their loved one, has been on the run for two years. But now, this fugitive has finally been found in a nursing home and with serious health issues.

The family of the victim, Phyllis Darnell, calls this ending, bittersweet. Friday morning, they told us they're at least happy to finally know John Allen has been found.

We first brought you this story in the summer of 2007. A mug shot of John Quincy Allen aired on NBC12 soon after police charged him of "felony hit and run".

Phyllis Darnell was on her hospital bed at the time. We spoke with her daughter Bonni from inside the hospital room.

"She said she looked both ways before she stepped out and all of a sudden a car came from nowhere and just hit her," said Bonni.

Phyllis told us she was walking out of CVS towards her car when she was hit.

"She has a broken leg and a broken pelvis bone and on opposite sides and so she's going to be immobile for a while and that surgery is needed," Bonni said.

But about a month after the accident and our interview in 2007...Phyllis died from her injuries.

The CVS pharmacy is no longer in business, but that day, thanks to several witnesses in the parking lot, police were able to get a description of the vehicle and a license plate number and that same day, Allen was caught.

Allen, was charged and convicted, but on sentencing day in 2009, he was nowhere to be found. Just recently, Chesterfield police say they finally found him, outside of the Richmond metro area. But Allen is unlike your typical fugitive on the run. The commonwealth's attorney says he's at a nursing home, ill. We're told Allen has lost a limb and an eye from complications of diabetes.

The next step is to find out if 51-year-old Allen is physically able to leave the nursing home for court. The commonwealth's attorney has written to Allen's doctors to get more medical information.

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