Man Charged in Hit-and-Run Near Waynesboro Restaurant
Police in Waynesboro have finally sorted out charges stemming from a hit-and-run that happened during a fight outside a bar last month.
A Staunton man is now charged with felony hit-and-run. Christopher Wray, 43, turned himself in to police Wednesday. He's free on a personal recognizance bond.
Police had originally been called to a bar along West Main Street where as many as 60 people were involved in a fight on July 19.
That's also where a 28-year-old man was hit by a car. Witnesses said the victim had been there during the fight. He has since recovered.
City of Waynesboro Police Department Press Release
Update – August 7, 2014
The Waynesboro Police Department has arrested a Staunton man in this case. Christopher Paxton Wray, 43 years old, faces a single felony charge of hit & run involving injury or death or damage to attended property in the July 19th incident. Wray surrendered himself at the Police Department yesterday afternoon. He is free on a personal recognizance bond.
The victim is no longer hospitalized. No other charges are expected in this case.
Update – July 20, 2014
The driver in Saturday morning's hit & run crash has come forward. The driver has spoken with Waynesboro Police Officers and provided a statement. Also, the vehicle involved has been located. Charges are pending.
However, the investigation remains open and the Police Department still requests that witnesses to either the Chauncey's fight or the subsequent hit & run crash contact officers working the case at any of the phone numbers in the original release.
The victim is still listed in critical condition at the University of Virginia Medical Center.
Previous Release - July 19, 2014
The Waynesboro Police is seeking information on a hit & run crash that occurred at approximately 12:30 AM on today's date near Chauncey's Smokehouse and Bar, 2323 West Main Street. The crash has left 28 year old Waynesboro man in critical condition at the University of Virginia Medical Center.
At 12:40 AM, officers responded to the restaurant for a report of a large fight on the parking lot involving several dozen people. When the first officer arrived, he noticed a pedestrian that had been struck still in the roadway in front of the restaurant. According to a witness at the scene, the victim was present at the fight and then ran into the road where he was struck by an unidentified westbound vehicle. It is unknown at this point why the victim was in the road.
Additional officers arrived, including Augusta County Sheriff's Deputies and Virginia State Troopers, and were able to quell the fight and shut down the road in order to aid the victim. He was transported to Augusta Health and then airlifted to UVAMC.
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