Fatal Hit and Run Suspect Arrested, Family Reacts to Death

Reporter: Jeremy Mills | Videographer: Brian Whitesell

Lynchburg, VA - Lynchburg police say the man responsible for a deadly hit and run accident Wednesday morning on 12th Street has been charged with felony hit and run in the death of Michael Jones.

Police say the Campbell County man turned himself after they seized his vehicle late Wednesday night.

Police say a tipster actually helped crack this case Wednesday night Len after ABC 13 News released a description of the vehicle believed to be involved in the crime. Someone then notified police where it was.

The brother of Mike Jones says he is so relieved people in the community were looking out.

A single cross now marks the stretch of road where 53-year-old Mike Jones was found dead. Those who knew him call him a friendly man who, with his own troubles, told police in an interview just two weeks ago how he wished young people wouldn't follow his path.

Jeremy Jarry is now charged in his death facing one count of felony hit and run.

Jones' brother believes the charge should be murder.

"I use the word murder because an accident is an accident but when you are dragging somebody down the road and dumping them off like a piece of trash and ruining families, that's murder,' said Perry Jones.

"I feel like if he had any sense of responsibility or guilt about him whatsoever, when he let Mike lay on the ground. He would have called the hospital or he would have called the police or something even anonymously," said Becky Yeatts.

Jarry was questioned by police Wednesday night and reportedly denied any part in the crime. Police confirm he later turned himself in.

"He did come down this morning and gave a statement and we obtained a warrant while he was there," said Sgt. Ronnie Sitler, with the Lynchburg Police Department .

When it comes to punishment for the suspect, Jones' family and friends are hoping for the max. When asked what he thought was the appropriate punishment, Perry Jones replied:

"About five minutes alone in a room with me, that would suit me just fine."

Under his current charge of felony hit and run, Jarry is facing a sentence up to 10 years and/or a fine up to $2,500.