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Leesburg Hit-and-Run Suspect Identified, Still At Large

© Leesburg Today - 07/28/2015

The Leesburg Police Department has identified the suspect in yesterday's hit-and-run crash that left a pedestrian in critical condition.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Jose Pablo Hernandez Reyes, 47, of no fixed address. Police are seeking the public's help in locating him.

Reyes was identified as the driver of the 2007 Chevrolet Silverado truck that struck Fidel Antonio Cruz Villacorta, 57, of Leesburg, as he crossed Plaza Street at about 5:12 p.m. Monday. Police say Reyes pulled out of a business' parking lot and was heading south on Plaza Street when he struck Villacorta.

The victim was transported by AirCare helicopter to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where he remained in critical condition Tuesday.

A witness followed the pickup and obtained a photo of the truck and tag number, which provided critical information in the investigation. The truck was found Tuesday morning at a Hamilton residence and was impounded as part of the investigation.

Reyes is charged with felony hit and run. He is described as being 5 foot 5 inches tall, 185 pounds, with brown eyes and black and gray hair. Reyes was last known to be in the Hamilton area. Police say he has ties to both Maryland and Virginia.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 703-771-4500. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may 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. Text LPDTIP plus your message to 274637.

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