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Man arrested in deadly Louisa hit-and-run


The Louisa County Sheriff's Department arrested a suspect in a crash that killed a Spotsylvania couple over the weekend.

State Police say a tip led them to 30-year-old Kenneth Wadford around 9 a.m. Monday. Investigators say he crashed into a couple while they were riding on a motorcycle on Route 522 around 9:30 p.m. Saturday. State Police Spokesman, Sergeant Thomas Molnar, says 50-year old Oneal Newman and his girlfriend, 53-year old Joyce Herriot, died on impact.  

People who grew up near the road say they've seen at least a half a dozen wrecks at the intersection where the couple lost their lives. 

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

Police say Wadford was driving south on Zachary Taylor Highway when his van hit the motorcycle as it slowed down to turn left on Days Bridge Road toward Lake Anna.

After the crash, Wadford kept going south on Route 522 until his car broke down about a mile down the road, according to State Police. That's when police say Wadford got out of his van and ran into the woods.

Louisa County Sheriff's deputies and police K-9s helped State Police search the woods but came up empty-handed.

"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," said Louisa resident Monte Magathan, who says he's particularly careful at this intersection and has seen at least half a dozen wrecks here.  "There been several right here, here and the corner at 208. People just don't pay attention I guess."     

Wadford faces two felony counts of hit and run. He was also wanted on an unrelated charge for failure to appear out of Charleston County, S.C. State Police are still investigating just what exactly caused the wreck. If you can help, call (804) 553-3445.

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