YORK COUNTY, Va. - A man was arrested and charged after striking a VDOT subcontractor on Interstate 64 while under the influence of alcohol Saturday afternoon.
According to officials, around 1:34 p.m. officials received numerous calls that a driver of Chevrolet Suburban struck a pedestrian and was fleeing the scene.
The incident took place in the westbound lanes of I-64 at the 236 mile marker, inside the safety work zone area which was blocked from the normal flow of traffic by jersey walls.
According to witnesses and the investigation conducted at the scene, traffic in the westbound lanes was heavy and congested.
Witnesses saw the 2009 Suburban drive around the cones and behind the jersey wall, proceeding down a lane that was being constructed, in order to avoid the congested traffic.
Police say the driver, 30-year-old Keiron Chardel Pollard, struck a VDOT subcontractor, Richard T. Hogue, and continued through the safety work zone.
According to police, Pollard exited the safety work zone back onto the interstate, where he attempted to exit at the 243 mile marker before running out of gas.
Hogue was taken to Riverside Doctors Hospital in Williamsburg and was later flown to the Medical College of Virginia to be treated for serious injuries.
Shortly after the incident, troopers located the Suburban stopped on the exit ramp.
Police discovered as interviewing Pollard on the incident that he was intoxicated while driving with a 4-year-old child in the vehicle.
Pollard was arrested and charged with felony hit and run, DUI(2nd offense), reckless driving, and child endangerment. Pollard was taken to the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail where he received no bond.