26 year old Michael Jenkins has been arrested and charged with felony hit and run for fleeing the scene of the crash that killed bicyclist Sean M. McQuaid on Rt. 122 near Rt. 24, around 8:30pm Friday, March 21. Two hours later, firefighters responded to a call about a house and truck on fire at Jenkins’ home, where he may have been trying to burn the evidence.
When firefighters arrived at the Snowberry Hill home a little after 10:20 p.m. Friday, they found Jenkins’ pickup truck on fire in the driveway. The house was not on fire.
As firefighters tried to put the truck fire out, Jenkins allegedly started pushing firefighters and throwing objects at their vehicles.
He is charged with being intoxicated in public, felony assault on a firefighter, and maliciously throwing missiles at an occupied vehicle. The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office believes the truck was intentionally set on fire.
Jenkins has also been charged with felony hit-and-run for an accident that killed 53-year-old Sean McQuaid about two hours before the truck fire was reported. Investigators say McQuaid was riding his bike south on Route 122 near Route 24 on Friday night around 8:30 p.m. when he was hit by a car. Investigators say Jenkins left the scene of the accident.
Anyone with information about the hit-and-run incident is asked to call Virginia State Police at 1-800-542-5959.