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State Police search for man who hit and killed couple on motorcycle

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Virginia State Police are searching for a man who allegedly killed a Spotsylvania couple on a motorcycle. 

Investigators say 30-year-old Kenneth Wadford is considered dangerous after crashing into the couple on Route 522 in Louisa and never stopping. 

People who grew up near Route 522 in Louisa County say they've seen at least a half a dozen wrecks at the very intersection where the couple so tragically lost their lives. 

"That's just plum sorry right there," said Monte Magathan. "There's no explanation for it."   

State Police are trying to piece together answers as pieces left from Saturday night's scene haunt people driving by: part of a helmet, shattered glass - all a reminder of a weekend tragedy.

Police say Kenneth Wadford of Cumberland County was driving south on Zachary Taylor Highway when his van hit a couple on their motorcycle, around 9:30 Saturday night. The motorcycle had been slowing down to turn left on Days Bridge Road toward Lake Anna.   

State Police Spokesman Sergeant Thomas Molnar says 50-year-old Oneal Newman and his girlfriend, 53-year-old Joyce Herriot, died on impact.  

State Police say when the driver hit the couple, he didn't stop. Police say he kept going south on Route 522 until his car broke down about a mile down the road. That's when police say Wadford got out of his van and made a run for it towards the woods. 

Search dogs, and Louisa County Sheriff's Deputies canvassed the woods but came up empty handed. Police say Wadford was last seen wearing a white tank top, red shorts, and flip flops.  

"Anytime you're out there traveling on the roadways you need to be cognizant of your surroundings - what's going on around you, behind you, and on your sides." 

Long time Louisa neighbor, Monte Magathan, says he's particularly careful at this intersection. He's seen at least half a dozen wrecks here.  

"There's been several right here - here and the corner at 208. People just don't pay attention I guess."     

Wadford is wanted for two felony counts of hit and run. State Police are still investigating just what exactly caused the wreck. If you can help, call (804) 553-3445.

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