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Bedford man arrested for felony hit and run in fatal accident that killed bicyclist

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By Tom Wilmoth

A Bedford man has been charged with felony hit and run in connection with an accident that killed a bicyclist Friday evening on Va. 122

Michael Wayne Jenkins, 26, of Bedford, was arrested early Monday morning at his residence on Snowberry Hill. Jenkins is being held in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail with no bond.

The bicyclist, Sean M. McQuaid, 53 of Cape Canaveral, Fla., was traveling south on Va. 122, just south of Route 24, when he was struck from behind by a vehicle that fled the scene, according to Sgt. Robert Carpentieri of the Virginia State Police. He was airlifted from the scene and died Saturday at Roanoke Memorial Hospital as a result of the injuries he sustained.

McQuaid was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, Carpentieri stated.

Jenkins is also facing charges for an incident that occurred later that evening.

Later Friday, at 10:20 p.m., Bedford County 911dispatchers received a call from Jenkins, from his residence at 1087 Snowberry Hill, Bedford, reporting his house and truck were on fire, according to Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff's Office.

Bedford County Fire and Rescue units were dispatched. When they arrived on scene, they found a pick-up truck on fire in the driveway, Gardner stated; the house was not on fire.

As firefighters were attempting to extinguish the fire, Jenkins allegedly started pushing them away and began to throw objects at their vehicles, according to the report from the Sheriff's Office. Bedford County sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene and arrested Jenkins. He was charged with being intoxicated in public, felony assault on a firefighter and maliciously throwing missiles at an occupied vehicle.

Bedford County fire investigators are investigating the truck fire as a possible arson, according to Gardner.

The investigation is still on going and the State Police continues to seek information from anyone that might have been in the area at the time of the accident. Anyone with information pertaining to the investigation should contact the Virginia State Police at 1-800-542-5959.