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Hokies LB indefinitely suspended after felony hit and run

Frank Beamer AP

And the hits just keep on coming for a Virginia Tech football program that staggered through a six-loss 2012 season.

Yesterday, the school announced star cornerback Antone Exum had suffered a torn ACL — reportedly during a pickup basketball game — and could miss up to nine months.  Today, another off-field issue that’s hit the Hokies has come to light.

According to the Roanoke Times, redshirt freshman linebacker Dahman McKinnon was indefinitely suspended late last year after he was charged with, among other things, fleeing the scene of an accident.  As the Times explains, the fact that the damage involved was in excess of $1,000 triggered a felony charge under Virginia state law.

Per university policy, any student-athlete charged with a felony is automatically slapped with an indefinite suspension.

In addition to the felony charge, McKinnon was also charged with operating a motor vehicle without insurance and cited for failure to obtain a registration/title and failure to obey a traffic signal.

“It happened there on South Main St.,”  his lawyer, Jimmy Turk, told the paper. “He drove a short distance from where the accident happened, parked his car and called his mother to ask what he should do. Then the police came and charged him with felony hit and run because he apparently did not stop right at the scene of the accident.”

McKinnon used his redshirt as a true freshman last season.

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7 Responses to “Hokies LB indefinitely suspended after felony hit and run”
  1. urfinished says: Jan 28, 2013 8:58 PM

    Gotta love small town cops. Does this article say he drove a short distance from the accident, parked, and called his mom? Apparently so far that he was still in plain sight from the car. And no one was in the other car and no alcohol was involved? I feel like I did something similar in my first accident.
    And they charged him with a felony?
    This is pretty stupid. I hope Cletus hit his quota for for upholding the law.

  2. lbijake says: Jan 28, 2013 10:18 PM

    Barney Fife is alive and well.

  3. chicagoirish23 says: Jan 29, 2013 7:43 AM

    His Lawyer says he drove a short distance and stopped to call his mom. I had my first accident at 18 and I knew not to drive away. Also, I knew my first call is to 911 and my second call was to my dad.

    Besides, even if what the lawyer says is true, how do the police know he wasn’t trying to run from the scene? They are not in his head, police always must assume the worst and hope for the best. A judge and jury decide the truth.

    And for the bonehead w/ the quota comment, you don’t make quota by charging someone w/ a felony. And there is no question this kid is getting a ticket for causing an accident. It’s easier to be stupid and you prove it.

  4. urfinished says: Jan 29, 2013 10:06 AM

    @chicagoirish
    I’m just saying use the common sense principle. You seem to be taking this pretty seriously.
    You read that story and tell me you think that kid deserves a felony?
    Maybe I am bitter because I just received some “small town hospitality” going 50 in a 35 from the fattest, saddest excuse of a cop in a podunk town. But, 50% of these small town cops are not in it for the right reason and this kid does not deserve a felony. It does stink for the 50% that are. And the quota thing was a joke…relax bud. You are confirming every stereotype I could make based on your screen name.

  5. lucimorland says: Jan 29, 2013 7:05 PM

    Gee, I wonder what race the cop is and what race the young man is.

  6. icewalker946 says: Jan 29, 2013 8:00 PM

    Funny, I never hear someone sticking up for the police officer that just got shot and killed in the line of duty but when he is upholding the laws on the books you think they are the worst people on earth.

    Hope you know not all police are dirty.

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1368&dat=19811205&id=PnpQAAAAIBAJ&sjid=GhIEAAAAIBAJ&pg=2249,1093012

    Read that and maybe you’ll have a bit more sympathy.

  7. rg3and13 says: Jan 31, 2013 1:27 PM

    Maybe you tools should read the article:

    As the Times explains, the fact that the damage involved was in excess of $1,000 triggered a felony charge under Virginia state law.

    Funny how we’re so quick to believe a lawyer, and not law enforcement officials.

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