Two People Arrested In The Hit And Run Death Of Cyclist

Tazewell County– Michael Lee Dennis, Tazewell County Commonwealth’s Attorney, announced today that two people have been arrested in connection with the hit and run death of the cyclist killed on May 18, 2017 in Wardell, Virginia.

CALVIN THOMAS SLATE, age 48, and TAMMY ANNETTE MCGLOTHLIN, age 46, both of 2012 Mendota Road, Hiltons, VA (which is located in Washington County, VA) was indicted by a Grand Jury in Tazewell County Circuit Court on July 11, 2017.  SLATE was indicted on one felony count of Hit & Run causing Death or Personal Injury and MCGLOTHLIN was indicted on one felony count of Hit & Run causing Death or Personal Injury while being a passenger in a vehicle and failing to report the incident.

DAVID EARL CHRISTENSEN, age 54, of Burley, Idaho was killed as the result of being struck by the Ford F-550 truck which SLATE was driving on May 18, 2017.  Christensen was cycling through the area on his way to Charlottesville, Virginia to join his wife who was waiting on his arrival.  He was travelling northbound on Route 19 approximately 2 miles south from the Virginia State Police Headquarters in the Wardell section of Tazewell County, Virginia.

“We have charged each defendant with the maximum charges the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia will allow in this situation,” said Michael Lee Dennis, Commonwealth’s Attorney.  “I am extremely proud of the countless hours the Virginia State Police have put into the investigation regarding this tragic incident that took the life of Mr. Christensen.  I urge all drivers and passengers to report any incident they may find themselves involved in, regardless of the circumstances, and to be aware of cyclists on the road.”

This investigation was conducted by the Virginia State Police and is being prosecuted by Michael Lee Dennis of the Tazewell County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

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