‘There is something wrong with our laws:' Man charged with DUI after pedestrian hit, killed

Pedestrian killed, man arrested for DUI

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. (WWBT) - A man is charged with driving under the influence after police say he hit and killed a pedestrian in Colonial Heights on Saturday night.

Police were called to Boulevard and Birch Avenue around 9:30 p.m.

When EMS arrived, it was determined the pedestrian, Jack Dale Leabhart, 65, was dead. He was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office.

When EMS arrived, it was determined the pedestrian, Jack Dale Leabhart, 65, was dead.
When EMS arrived, it was determined the pedestrian, Jack Dale Leabhart, 65, was dead. (Source: NBC12)

The driver, identified as Shane Erick Dent, 34, of Midlothian, was arrested at the scene for DUI. He was released on unsecured bond.

Leabhart’s sister, Shelby Harper, says her brother had special needs, but was able to live on his own with the help of family.

Leabhart was picking up to-go food near his home when he was struck by the car, according to his sister.

“I feel like I’m in a dream. I’m on the phone an hour to have his body parts harvested so that he can help someone else see or breath or whatever,” Harper said. “And this man went home to be with his family. There is something wrong with our laws.”

Harper says Dent refused to take a breathalyzer test, so police took out a warrant to take him to the hospital for a blood test. She says since lab results can take months to come back, he was let out of jail on bond.

According to Harper, her brother was well known around Colonial Heights, and loved by all.

Dent is expected to appear in court July 15.

Additional charges may be pending.

Anyone with information is asked to call Colonial Heights Police Department at 520-9300 option number 7 or Chesterfield County/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers at (804) 748-0660.

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