Driver identified in fatal Hanover crash


HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) – Police have identified 31-year-old Herber Ontoniel Luna-Contreras as the driver of the Jeep Wrangler in the fatal crash at the 14000 block of West Patrick Henry Road on Saturday.

On Saturday, the sheriff’s office received a report of a Jeep Wrangler driving recklessly on Rt. 54 but did not locate the vehicle prior to the crash. A Jeep Cherokee and Subaru SUV were traveling eastbound when the Jeep Wrangler sideswiped the other Jeep and hit the SUV head on.

The passenger in the rear of the Jeep Wrangler was pronounced deceased at the scene. The HCSO identified the decedent as 23-year-old North Chesterfield resident Johnathan Rios Perez. The front passenger was transported to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center.

The Subaru SUV caught on fire and the driver, a male around 50-years-old, had to be transported by EMS to a local hospital.

Luna-Contreras fled the scene of the crash on foot and the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office has issued a warrant for a felony hit and run with additional charges pending the outcome of the investigation. Lunas-Contreras is described as 5’7″, around 200 pounds and is known to color his hair black. He uses the alias, “Jesus Perez”.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Herber Ontoniel Luna-Contreras is asked to contact the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at (804) 365-6140 or the Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. Citizens can also download the “P3 Tips” app for their mobile device to submit their tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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