Man suspected of killing mother of 4 in hit-and-run in Chesterfield arrested

Man suspected of killing mother of 4 in hit-and-run in Chesterfield arrested
Patrick E. Nolan (Source: Chesterfield Police Department)

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WWBT) - The Chesterfield Police Department says a man has been arrested nearly a year after a deadly hit-and-run on Chinaberry Drive.

Police say 34-year-old Patrick E. Nolan faces a felony hit-and-run charge in the incident that left Selene Galvan-Santos, 30, dead.

“He was not on our radar a year ago. Through the department of forensic science, the information we got from the state lab and the tests lead us to a specific make and model of a vehicle,” said Sgt. James Lamb of Chesterfield P police.

Galvan-Santos was walking down the road when she was struck around 3:20 a.m. Sept. 30, 2018. The driver of the car never stopped.

Sgt. Lamb says there were many factors in the incident that extended the time it took to develop leads in the case.

"Obviously it’s 3:20 (a.m.) in the morning, so there’s not a lot of witnesses available at that time of the day. There were a lot of things that made this case challenging from the start.”

Nolan was arrested Friday, Sept. 27, 2019.

“The first thing that comes to your mind: ‘Why her?’" said Luis Mechan, a friend of Galvan-Santos for more than 10 years.

It hasn’t been easy for Mechan, but he says he’s more concerned that Galvan-Santos’ four children have to grow up without their mother.

“The older they get, the more questions they’re going to be asking. ‘What happened?’ or ‘How was my mom?’"

Mechan says the arrest of the suspect provides a small comfort, which Sgt. Lamb says always hangs over his head with cases like these.

“To be able to bring closure to the family is the ultimate goal with these investigations,” he added.

“A chapter can close now, and she can be in peace,” Mechan said.

Nolan is facing felony hit-and-run charges and is being held without bond.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.

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