WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) - The Waynesboro community is mourning the loss of a political leader as a Chesapeake man sits in jail in connection to a hit-and-run crash in Augusta County.
Virginia State Police was called to a hit-and-run crash on Jefferson Hwy. at Nottingham Ln. in Augusta County just before 10:30 Friday night.
A Hyundai had been hit by another vehicle that fled the scene. The driver of the Hyundai was not injured.
Minutes later, Waynesboro Police were called to the area of W. Main St. and Lew Dewitt Blvd. for a two-vehicle crash. The vehicles were in the CVS parking lot.
While investigating both crashes, police determined that the vehicle involved in the alleged hit and run on Jefferson Hwy. had traveled into Waynesboro and hit another vehicle at the intersection of Lew Dewitt Blvd. and W. Main St.
The drivers involved in the crash were identified as 49-year-old Anne M. Seaton, of Waynesboro. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the other vehicle was identified as 22-year-old Sean B. Webster, from Chesapeake.
Webster was arrested in Waynesboro for suspicion of Virginia code §18.2-266: Misdemeanor Driving Under the Influence.
He was also charged by VSP for the incident in Augusta County with one count of §46.2-894: Felony Hit and Run.
Webster was initially taken to Augusta Health then to the magistrate who held Webster on all charges.
He was then transferred to the custody of Middle River Regional Jail pending a bond hearing.
The crash in the City of Waynesboro remains under investigation. Additional charges may be forthcoming. Anyone who may have witnessed this crash who has not yet spoken to an officer is asked to please contact Detective Nystrom at 540-942-6675. You can also report your information through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-322-2017.
Anne Seaton was the Augusta County Republican Party Vice-Chair, founder of Republican Women’s Club and the wife of Augusta County Supervisor, Scott Seaton.
Delegate Wendell Walker represents the 23rd District. He said Anne was a personal friend, and he was shocked when he heard the heart-breaking news.
“She is probably the most outstanding, dedicated, hardest-working lady I’ve ever had the privilege to work with in helping to promote and grow the Republican party,” Walker said.
He added that Anne had a warm heart, contagious smile and was a friend to everyone.
“Anne is one of those individuals who cannot be replaced. She just went over and above what anybody would ask or expect as far as an individual that was committed to our Republican party,” Walker said. “Anne was a friend to everybody. You meet people in life sometimes that you just never forget because they’re what you called a friend’s friend.”
The Chairman of the 6th Congressional District Republican Party, John Massoud, said the party’s thoughts and prayers go out to the Seaton family.
“She was a tireless champion for the right to life, liberty and limited government. She was well-loved by her husband,” Massoud said.
Scott Seaton is the Wayne District Supervisor.
“We are in shock over this tragic accident,” said Board Chair Gerald Garber. “The Board of Supervisors joins Anne’s many friends and family members in expressing our deepest sorrow and most sincere condolences.”
County Administrator Tim Fitzgerald noted, “Anne was a highly regarded Augusta County resident who supported many worthwhile causes. Our prayers are with Supervisor Seaton and his family.”
The Augusta County Board of Supervisors and Administration extend its deepest sympathy to the Seaton family.
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