Man pleads guilty in hit-and-run that killed off-duty Henrico officer

Donald L. Lambert, Jr.
Donald L. Lambert, Jr.(Henrico Police Department)
Published: Sep. 21, 2021 at 1:38 PM EDT
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HENRICO, Va. (WWBT) - A man has pleaded guilty in connection to a hit-and-run that killed an off-duty Henrico officer.

Justin Thomas Regensburg pleaded guilty to non-capital murder and not reporting a traffic accident.

On Feb. 27, 2021, around 11 a.m., Henrico police responded to Greenwood Road at Winfrey Road for a reported hit-and-run.

Officials identified the pedestrian as Captain Donald L. Lambert, Jr., a 33-year veteran with the Henrico County Police Division. Police said Lambert, who served on the agency’s special operations group, was not on duty at the time of the crash.

“I appreciate the hard work from the men and women of the Police Division along with the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office and law enforcement partners to establish a case that has led to this resolution. Captain Lambert was a well-respected member of the Police Division, and his absence is felt within the organization. We are pleased to know that family, friends, and fellow employees are afforded the opportunity to begin healing from this tragic incident. Our continued prayers go out to everyone involved,” says Henrico Police Chief Eric D. English.

Regensburg is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 12, 2022.

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