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Nelson : Commonwealth Attorney & VSP Release Findings In December 2015 Traffic Death On Route 6

[ 2 ] February 10, 2017 |
Photo Courtesy of Sally Rose: 21 Year old Daniel Rasnake of Shipman, seen above in the photo taken a few days ago,  was killed early Wednesday morning - December 30, 2015 on Route 6 River Road by a hit & run driver. The state police is asking for the public's help in find the person responsible.

Photo Courtesy of Sally Rose: 21 Year old Daniel Rasnake of Shipman was killed early Wednesday morning – December 30, 2015 on Route 6 River Road. Commonwealth Attorney Daniel Rutherford and the Virginia State Police released their findings on the death this Friday – February 10, 2017.

Faber / Lovingston
Nelson County, Virginia

As BRL first reported in late December 2015, 21 Year old Daniel Rasnake of Shipman was killed on Route 6 River Road on December 30, 2015. He wrecked his Jeep after going down an embankment but managed to walk back up to the highway to get help. He was later hit by a vehicle, or vehicles, and killed.

BRL did a followup story in late December 2016 on the 1 year anniversary of Rasnake’s death and at the time the Virginia State Police said they didn’t have anything new and no arrests to report.

Today the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office in conjunction with the Virginia State Police released the following statement regarding the investigation on Rasnake’s death.

We have copied it verbatim below:

The fatal 2015 Nelson County hit-and-run crash that claimed the life of a 21-year-old male has been completed and officially closed. After more than a year of investigation by the Virginia State Police into all available leads and information, Nelson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Daniel L. Rutherford has reviewed the investigative file and concluded that there is insufficient evidence to support criminally charging any individual in connection with Daniel Jacob Rasnake’s death.

“The state police, with the assistance of the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office, have gone to great lengths to develop and exhaust all possible leads in this case,” said the Honorable Daniel L. Rutherford, Nelson County Commonwealth’s Attorney. “We sincerely appreciate the public’s assistance with the many tips called in during the past year. But, the uncertainty as to Mr. Rasnake’s time of death and the difficulty of proving which vehicle – if any – was responsible for causing it makes this a tragedy. At this point, there is insufficient evidence to support criminal charges.”

At approximately 3:15 a.m., Dec. 30, 2015, Rasnake, 21, of Shipman, Va., was driving on Route 6 in Nelson County when his vehicle ran off the road and struck a rock. The Jeep Grand Cherokee then crossed back over Route 6, ran off the road, struck an embankment, and overturned into the trees. Rasnake was able to call a family member for help.

Between 3:45 a.m., and 4:15 a.m., Rasnake began walking up Route 6.Rasnake was wearing dark, non-reflective clothing. Weather conditions that night were cloudy with patchy, dense fog, and that stretch of highway is not lit. Rasnake died at the scene.

Rutherford and state police met with Rasnake’s family earlier Friday to inform them of the closure of the case.

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  1. Victims Aunt says:

    I think the closure of this case was wrong! Many cases remain open for years

  2. Anonymous says:

    This is so typical of Nelson County Cops & VA State Police. My friend from school was hit and killed, not hit and ran over once but more than once and no justice had been served for this poor family. Daniel made such an amazing impact on everyone around him. We deserve closure. Not closure in the case.

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