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Leesburg hit and run victim dies, driver in custody

Jose Pablo Hernandez Reyes


A Leesburg man who was hit by the driver of a pickup truck that fled the scene July 27 on Plaza Street has died.

In addition, police now have the driver of the truck in custody.

Jose Pablo Hernandez Reyes, 47, of no fixed address, was arrested tonight and charged with felony hit and run.

Hernandez Reyes turned himself in at Leesburg Police Headquarters, according to Lt. Jeff Dube, spokesman for the Leesburg Police Department.

The victim in this case, Fidel Antonio Cruz Villacorta, 57, died shortly before midnight July 28, at the Inova Fairfax Hospital. The cause of death is pending an autopsy.

Hernandez Reyes was ordered held on a $100,000 secured bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.

Police were able to identify Hernandez Reyes after a citizen followed the truck from Leesburg to Hamilton following the hit and run incident and took a photo on his cellphone of the truck's license plate, Dube said.

At the time of the incident, Hernandez Reyes had exited a business’s parking lot and was heading south on Plaza Street when he struck Villacorta.
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