Sunday, February 5, 2023

Suspected drunk driver hits VDOT subcontractor in York County work zone

Keiron Chardel Pollard (WYDaily/Courtesy of Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)
Keiron Chardel Pollard (WYDaily/Courtesy of Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)

The Virginia State Police on Monday said the VDOT subcontractor struck by a vehicle driven by a suspected drunk driver is expected to recover from his injuries.

Meanwhile, the driver for the vehicle, Keiron Chardel Pollard, 30, of the 500 block of Dunning Street, Williamsburg, was arrested and charged with felony hit and run, DUI (2nd offense), reckless driving, and child endangerment.

Police said Pollard had a 4-year-old child in the vehicle.

It happened Saturday. At around 1:34 p.m., police dispatchers received several calls of a Chevrolet Suburban, whose driver had struck a pedestrian, and was fleeing the scene.

The incident was on the westbound lanes of Interstate 64 at the 236 mile marker, inside the safety work zone area which was blocked from the normal flow of traffic by jersey walls, state police said.

“According to witnesses and the preliminary investigation conducted at the scene, traffic in the westbound lanes was heavy and congested,” Sgt. Michelle Anaya, state police spokeswoman, said in a news release. “Witnesses observed the 2009 Suburban drive around the cones and behind the jersey wall, proceeding down a lane that was being constructed, in order to avoid the congested traffic.”

Anaya said Pollard struck the subcontractor, Richard T. Hogue, of Lanexa, and continued through the safety work zone.

Pollard exited the safety work zone back onto the interstate, where he attempted to exit at the 243 mile marker before running out of gas.

Hogue suffered serious injuries and was taken to Riverside Doctors Hospital in Williamsburg. He was later flown to the Medical College of Virginia.

Troopers found the Suburban stopped on the 234 mile marker exit ramp.

“In interviewing the Pollard on the accident, he was found to be intoxicated while driving with a 4-year-old child in the vehicle,” Anaya said.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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