Driver charged with DUI in fatal crash

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – A Newport News man has died after being hit by a vehicle along Warwick Boulevard early Friday morning.

Holly McPherson with the Newport News Police Department said the crash occurred just before 2:30 a.m. The driver, 29-year-old Kegan Michael Bilger of Newport News, called police after the incident.

Photo by WAVY/LaVoy Harrell
Photo by WAVY/LaVoy Harrell

An investigation found the pedestrian was walking on the side of the road from the Ft. Eustis off-ramp onto the southbound lanes of Warwick Boulevard. Bilger was traveling southbound on Warwick.

The pedestrian was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries and was pronounced dead about an hour later. He has been identified as 27-year-old Patrick Michael Farrow of Newport News.

Further investigation caused Bilger to be arrested and charged with DUI second offense and involuntary manslaughter. WAVY.com discovered court documents that show Bilger’s first DUI was in York County; a summary says, “Just after midnight on July 29, 2009, appellant overturned his 1999 Chevrolet Blazer, landing it upside down, while driving the vehicle out of the parking lot of a restaurant … “

McPherson said the area of Friday’s incident is poorly lit, and nearby residents agree.

Jason Colley did not witness the crash, but says he walks his dog in the neighborhood every day. He says the area isn’t well lit and doesn’t have enough sidewalk. He also says several vehicles have run into trouble on that stretch of road.

“This is a very dangerous part of Warwick,” said Colley. “When it snowed, there were several accidents right here. People went over the embankment.”

The crash remains under investigation.

 

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