On Two-Year Anniversary of Deadly Crash, Police and Family Search for Answers

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

AUGUSTA COUNTY -- Monday marked the two-year anniversary of a fatal hit and run that killed 15-year-old C.D. Sprouse. Larry Sprouse, his son and daughter were on their way to school on Route 42, when police say a white car swerved into their lane.

"We was going to Buffalo Gap High School, my daughter Shasta was graduating," said Larry Spouse.

"An unknown white car was heading south bound on Route 42 towards Craigsville. The white car was in the oncoming lane and forced the Mustang off of the road," said Mark Brill, a Virginia State Police trooper.

That's when police say Larry Sprouse hit a tree on the passenger's side. C.D. Sprouse was sitting on that side of the car and investigators say he died of head injuries at the scene.

"I looked over and I knew that my son was not with us anymore," said Larry Sprouse, recalling what happened.

"I had my head down and my eyes closed and I remember hearing glass shattering, I remember hearing the screeching of tires," said Shasta Sprouse who was also in the car with C.D. and Larry.

Police say the white car drove away from the crash without stopping.

Two years later, the search is still on for the person who hit Larry Sprouse's red Mustang.

"There's got to be somebody that saw something that sticks out in their mind. They may not think that it has anything to do with this case and it has everything to do with it," said Larry Sprouse, who is desperate for answers.

Since the accident, C.D.'s mom purchased another Mustang to help her move on.

"It took me quite a while to get behind the wheel without thinking it was a mistake," said Regina Sprouse.

Shasta Sprouse is now an English education major at Eastern Mennonite University and she's still trying to get her life back together. She says C.D. Sprouse wouldn't want her to stop living her life.

"That would be killing not only C.D., but me too and I can't let that happen. I'm not going to stop my life," said Shasta Sprouse.

It has been two years since the crash and Virginia State Police have no leads or suspects in the case. Investigators are asking anyone with information regarding this case to call 540-885-2142.

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