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Driver Charged With DUI Following Williamsburg Hit & Run That Killed College Runner, Seriously Injured Others

Jose Efrain Hernandez Mancia (Courtesy of Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)

WILLIAMSBURG — A college runner was killed and four others were seriously injured after being hit by a drunk driver on Thursday, March 31.

According to the Virginia State Police (VSP), five members of the Milligan University men’s cross country/track and field team were running along Williamsburg Pottery Road near the Lightfoot Road intersection at approximately 6:02 p.m. when they were struck by a red Toyota Scion.

All five members were transported to Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center, where 20-year-old Eli Cramer of Murfreesboro, Tenn. succumbed to his injuries.

Cramer was a student at Milligan University and was in Williamsburg to attend a track meet, VSP stated.

The other team members that were struck suffered serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. 

The driver, later identified as 26-year-old Jose Efrain Hernandez Mancia of Williamsburg, fled the scene of the crash and proceeded to drive onto Route 199, where he then crashed the vehicle into the median.

Mancia was found to be intoxicated and was placed under arrest for DUI. He was later transported to the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail.

Mancia has been charged with DUI – 1st offense, DUI involuntary manslaughter, felony hit-and-run, reckless driving, DUI maiming, and refusal – DUI.

VSP stated that the case remains active at this time.

WYDaily will continue to keep you up-to-date on this developing story as more information becomes available.

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