Charged in 2023 hit-and-run death, Fishersville man pleads not guilty

STAUNTON — A person charged in a deadly 2023 hit-and-run in Augusta County pleaded not responsible Tuesday in circuit courtroom throughout his arraignment.

The deadly hit-and-run was investigated for a number of months till the suspect was indicted by the Augusta County grand jury in January.

James D. Cason, 69, of Fishersville, is charged with leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in a demise, which carries a most of 10 years in jail.

Virginia State Police mentioned on the night time of Could 24 on Parkersburg Turnpike at Pine Tree Lane, a car headed towards Staunton struck 42-year-old Ricky C. Dickey, a pedestrian. Dickey died on the scene. Instantly afterward, police mentioned the suspect’s car was probably a pink, or maroon, SUV or pickup with front-end harm.

In accordance with an affidavit for a search warrant filed by police, a passerby discovered a mobile phone on the bottom on the scene the following day. He took the machine to the close by Swoope Volunteer Fireplace Firm.

Authorities reportedly matched the telephone to Cason, the affidavit mentioned, main police to contact him. He instructed police his telephone fell off a piece truck. Court docket data mentioned {that a} state police investigator recognized a Honda pickup as belonging to Cason and mentioned it was the truck suspected within the hit-and-run. The car was situated at a neighborhood storage facility the place Cason was allegedly seen inspecting the harm.

Court docket data present Cason has previous legal expenses, together with six convictions for driving after being declared a routine offender. He was additionally convicted on drug expenses in 2003, 2013 and 2018, and has spent a number of years behind bars, based on courtroom data.

The day earlier than Cason was charged with the Could 2023 fatality, he was jailed on native drug expenses, courtroom data present, together with a cost of producing or distributing a Schedule I or II drug — third offense, which carries a compulsory minimal of 10 years in jail if convicted.

Cason, who’s being held with out bond, stays at Center River Regional Jail in Verona.

A jury trial on the cost of leaving the scene of an accident is ready for April 23 in Augusta County Circuit Court docket.

Brad Zinn is the cops, courts and breaking information reporter at The Information Chief. Have a information tip? Or one thing that wants investigating? You’ll be able to electronic mail reporter Brad Zinn (he/him) at bzinn@newsleader.com. You may also observe him on X (previously Twitter).

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