Police: Virginia woman kept hit-and-run victim from calling

November 18, 2021 GMT

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) — A Virginia woman charged in a fatal hit-and-run is now accused of preventing the injured person from calling for help, police said.

The Prince William County police said a preliminary investigation showed Keiry Beatriz Álvarez Contreras, 23, was driving a Hyundai Sonata southbound on Centreville Road on Monday evening when she hit 74-year-old Jose Pastor Manzanares of Manassas Park as he walked in the roadway.

Police said after Manzanares was hit, Álvarez Contreras got out of her car and approached the victim lying in the road. But as he attempted to use his phone, Álvarez Contreras took the phone and threw it, preventing him from making a call for emergency help, according to a department news release.

Alvarez Contreras fled the area and left Manzanares in the roadway, according to police. He was taken to a hospital where he died from his injuries.


Police later identified Alvarez Contreras as the driver after finding her car. After consulting with the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, investigators obtained additional charges against her.

Alvarez Contreras is jailed without bond on charges of felony homicide and preventing the summoning of emergency services. It’s not known if she has an attorney.