Police ID man killed after being struck by vehicle outside Colonial Heights restaurant


COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. (WRIC) — A heavy police presence Saturday night in Colonial Heights, just outside of Benny’s Tavern, is the result of a fatal pedestrian crash, police confirm to 8News.

It happened in the 3600 block of Boulevard in Colonial Heights at 9:30 p.m.

Police told 8News the victim — who has been identified as 65-year-old Jack Dale Leabhart Jr., of Colonial Heights — was leaving Carini’s Italian Restuarant and was crossing the street towards Benny’s on Boulevard when he was struck. The victim died on the scene.

Colonial Heights Police said they transported the body to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Richmond for examination.

The driver of the vehicle has been identified as Shane Erick Dent, 34, or the 1500 block of Hardwood Court in Midlothian. He has been charged with Driving Under the Influence.

Dent was processed and released on an unsecured bond. His court date is scheduled for July 15.

Additional charges may be pending.

The investigation is still ongoing. Stay with 8News for updates.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Colonial Heights Police Department at 520-9300. Or call Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.

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