On Sunday, Dec. 20 around 8:55 p.m. Deputy Melton and Corporal Giampocaro were traveling south on Alum Spring Rd. in a marked patrol vehicle when they approached an oncoming Pontiac SUV traveling over the center line marker.
The Pontiac SUV, driven by Henry Fenner Jr. of Pulaski, sideswiped the patrol vehicle causing damage to the driver’s side.
The Pontiac then accelerated from that location and continued north on Alum Spring Rd.
Deputies quickly turned around and began traveling north attempting to locate the vehicle. Around a half mile down Alum Spring Rd., Fenner Jr. attempted to make a right hand turn onto Eugene St. He was unable to make the turn, continued through the intersection striking a pedestrian, Brian Blevins of Pulaski.
Deputy Melton and Corporal Giampocaro arrived on scene seconds after the crash and began rendering CPR to Blevins.
Pulaski County Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and later would pronounce Blevins deceased.
Fenner Jr. along with passengers Austin Zoch and Nelson Malone sustained no injuries in the crash.
Zoch was arrested and taken to New River Valley Regional Jail for Intoxication in Public. Fenner Jr. was arrested and taken to New River Valley Regional Jail for Driving Under the Influence, Hit & Run and Eluding Police.
Further charges resulting in the death of Blevins are pending.
Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Pulaski County Emergency Medical Services, Pulaski Fire Department and Virginia State Police for their assistance.