Charges certified

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By John Barnhart

    Michael Wayne Jenkins, charged with felony hit and run and felony assault and battery on an EMS worker, waived a preliminary hearing when he appeared in Bedford County General District Court, Monday. Judge Harold Black certified the charges to the August grand jury.
    Jenkins is charged with hitting a bicyclist on Va. 122, near Va. 24 on March 21 and then leaving the scene of the accident. Sean McQuaid, the bicyclist, died from his injuries the next day.
    According to Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance, Jenkins’ arrest came as the result of a long chain of events. Nance said Jenkins called 911 later that day and reported that his pickup truck was on fire. When firefighters arrived, he got into a disagreement with them as to how they were proceeding and allegedly pushed them a couple of times. He also allegedly threw gravel at an ambulance, but a charge of throwing objects at an occupied vehicle were not pursued. as the ambulance was not damaged and nobody in the ambulance was injured.
    When law enforcement officers were called to the scene, and arrested Jenkins, they noticed an SUV parked in the driveway that matched the description of the one that allegedly hit McQuaid. Jenkins was charged the next day for felony hit and run.
    Jenkins remains in custody in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail.