Suspect charged in fatal hit and run, hospitalized following police dog chase

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Crime scene tape (file photo)
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Virginia State Police have identified a suspect who they believe fled a fatal wreck Monday evening in a hit-and-run accident on Denbigh Boulevard in York County.

According to a statement from Virginia State Trooper Sgt. Michelle Anaya, troopers have been working “continuously” since Monday evening to locate and identify the suspect, who they believe fled the scene of an accident in which Doris Jean Wright, 81, of Pine Trail, Gloucester, died of injuries sustained in the crash.

Police believe a Chrysler 300 involved in the accident was a rental vehicle signed for by Arthur Lee Harris of Newport News. Harris, 32, fled the scene of the accident into a wooded area of Denbigh Boulevard. Newport News K9 units were called to the scene to assist in tracking Harris, but he was not located, police said.

Late Tuesday morning, Harris admitted himself to Mary Immaculate Hospital with serious injuries and was later transported to Riverside Hospital, where he was later charged with Involuntary Manslaughter and Felony Hit and Run, police said.

Harris will stay in police custody at Riverside Hospital until he can be discharged and taken before a magistrate to face charges.

Related: Elderly woman killed in three-way hit and run car crash on Denbigh Blvd.