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Police identify driver in Leesburg hit and run

Leesburg Police have identified this truck as possibly being involved in a hit-and-run incident Monday on Plaza Street.
Update:

Jose Pablo Hernandez Reyes


Leesburg Police have identified the suspect in a hit and run incident Monday that left a pedestrian in critical condition.

Jose Pablo Hernandez Reyes, 47, of no fixed address, has been identified as the driver of the 2007 Chevrolet Silverado truck that struck 57 year-old Fidel Antonio Cruz Villacorta of Leesburg approximately 5:12 p.m. as he was crossing the street in the area of 64 Plaza St. NE. At the time of the crash, the suspect had exited a business’s parking lot and was heading south on Plaza Street when he struck the victim. The victim was taken by AirCare to Inova Fairfax Hospital.

A witness to the crash followed the suspect vehicle and obtained a photo of the truck and tag number which provided critical information in the investigation, according to Lt. Jeff Dube, spokesman for Leesburg Police. The truck was recovered this morning at a residence in Hamilton and has been impounded for evidentiary purposes.
A warrant for a charge of felony hit and run has been obtained against Reyes. Reyes is described as being 5-feet-5 inches tall and 185 pounds with brown eyes and black and gray hair. Reyes was last known to be in the area of Hamilton, and has ties to both Maryland and Virginia.

The Leesburg Police Department is asking that anyone who may have information on the whereabouts of Jose Pablo Hernandez Reyes to call 703- 771-4500. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call the Leesburg Crime Line at 703- 443-TIPS (8477). The department can also receive information from the public using a program called TIPSUBMIT. Tips about a specific crime or criminal activity can be sent by text, email or smartphone. Simply Text LPDTIP plus your message to 274637.

Original story:



Leesburg Police are searching for the driver of a pickup truck who hit a pedestrian Monday, leaving them in critical condition, before leaving the scene.

The pedestrian was attempting to cross the street in the area of 64 Plaza Street around 5:12 p.m. when the driver of the truck, who was traveling south, struck him.

The driver fled the crash scene in an unknown direction, according to Leesburg Police. The victim sustained life-threatening injuries and was flown by AirCare to Inova Fairfax Hospital.

Plaza Street NE was closed between 22 and 65 Plaza St. NE while police investigated the scene.

Police have identified the truck's driver as a 40- to 45-year-old Hispanic man. He had a 9- to 12-year-old passenger with him at the time of the crash. The truck, according to Leesburg Police, is a 2007 silver or light gold Chevrolet Silverado. It has a temporary Virginia registration of G85514 and its left rear lower tail light is out It's equipped with a trailer hitch and bed cover.

The vehicle was last seen in Hamilton, in the area of Ivandale Road and Bettis Drive.

The Leesburg Police Department is asking anyone who may have witnessed this incident to call 703-771-4500. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call the Leesburg Crime Line at 703-443-TIPS (8477). The department can also receive information from the public using a program called TIPSUBMIT. Tips about a specific crime or criminal activity can be sent by text, email or smartphone. Simply Text LPDTIP plus your message to 274637.
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