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Bassett man dies in accident
Victim of alleged hit and run

Thursday, December 6, 2012

A Bassett man allegedly was struck by a vehicle and killed in a hit and run accident as he pushed a bicycle on Virginia 673 on Tuesday night, according to the Virginia State Police.

Jasion Lionel Slaughter, 59, of Bassett, was pronounced dead at the scene, the state police release stated.

Around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Slaughter was pushing a bicycle while walking southbound on Virginia 673 when he allegedly was struck from behind by an unknown vehicle that left the scene, the release stated.

Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry, whose officers responded to the initial call, said the accident occurred in the 1200 block of Sunset Drive in Bassett, near the intersection with Tulane Drive.

The state police are continuing to investigate the fatality, and ask that anyone who was in the area around the time of the crash and who may have any information on it contact the agency at (800) 542-5959.

No further information on the investigation is available at the time, the release added.


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