Man Who Fled Crash Scene Gets Prison Sentence

The Ashburn man who pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a pedestrian accident last September will spend at least six months behind bars.

Lee Edwin Johnson was sentenced in the case on Friday.

According to Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office investigators, Johnson was driving in the area of Rt. 7 and CountrySide Boulevard when he came up on scene of a crash and hit a pedestrian and two cars. When deputies arrived, they administered aid to the pedestrian and other crash victims; Johnson ran away on foot. Investigators identified him though the wallet that was found among empty beer bottles on the floor of his red Ford Escape, according to court documents.

In January, Johnson pleaded guilty to failing to stop at an accident scene and an additional charge of reckless driving was dropped. Because there was an injury in the case, the leaving the scene charge was a class 5 felony, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. He was sentenced to three years in prison, with two and a half years suspended. Upon his release, he’ll serve a year of supervised probation.

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