Washington County, Va. man, woman charged in hit-and-run which killed cyclist


A Washington County, Virginia man and woman have been charged in connection with a hit-and-run death which killed a cyclist on May 18 in Tazewell County.

According to Commonwealth's Attorney Michael Lee Dennis, 48-year-old Calvin Thomas Slate and 46-year-old Tammy Annette McGlothlin are facing charges in the death of 54-year-old David Earl Christensen.

Authorities said that Slate has been charged with hit and run causing death or personal injury, and McGlothlin has been charged with hit and run causing death or personal injury while being a passenger in a vehicle and failing to report the incident.

Investigators said that 54-year-old David Earl Christensen of Burley, Idaho, was killed as the result of being struck by a Ford F-550 truck which Slate was driving. Christensen was cycling through the area on his way to Charlottesville to join his wife who was waiting on his arrival. He was going north on Route 19 about two miles south of the Virginia State Police office in the Wardell section of Tazewell County.

Michael Lee Dennis, Tazewell County Commonwealth's Attorney, announced today that two people have been arrested in connection with the hit and run death of the cyclist killed on May 18, 2017 in Wardell, Virginia.

"We have charged each defendant with the maximum charges the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia will allow in this situation," said Michael Lee Dennis, Commonwealth's Attorney. "I am extremely proud of the countless hours the Virginia State Police have put into the investigation regarding this tragic incident that took the life of Mr. Christensen. I urge all drivers and passengers to report any incident they may find themselves involved in, regardless of the circumstances, and to be aware of cyclists on the road."

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