Christopher Reed

A 35-year-old Emporia man is charged with felony hit and run and involuntary manslaughter in connection with a collision with a bicyclist that resulted in a fatality.

According to a Virginia State Police press release, the Greensville County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received a 911 call of bicyclist lying in the grass near the 1000 block of Slagle Lake Road. Deputies and EMS personnel concluded that Henry Chester Boone, 81, of Emporia, had been struck by a vehicle and died at the scene.

The Virginia State Police to investigate the fatality. Preliminary investigation determined Boone was riding a 2009 Fuji team road bike southbound on Slagle Lake Road when he was struck from behind by an unknown vehicle that fled the scene.

The Virginia State Police accident reconstruction team was called to the scene. Based on evidence located at the scene, they were able to identify and locate a suspect vehicle, a 2013 Hyundai Tucson with damages consistent with the crash. The driver, Christopher Harley Reed, of Emporia, was arrested and charged with felony hit and run and involuntary manslaughter. He was transported to the Southside Regional Jail and received a secured bond.

Virginia State Police say a criminal investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with any information relating to this incident is urged to contact the Virginia State Police at (757) 424-6800.