Victim of hit-and-run identified as JMU student

Published: Oct. 31, 2018 at 1:20 PM EDT
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UPDATE: (6:00 p.m. Nov. 1):

A victim has been identified in the hit and run crash that occurred on Monday at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Way and South Main St.

According to JMU officials, Logan Olszewski was the 21-year-old female thrown from a Bird scooter as she crossed the crosswalk.

Police say the victim was flown by helicopter to UVA Medical Center and sustained non-life threatening injuries.

According to band director Scott Rikkers, Olszsewski is a beloved member of the JMU Marching Royal Dukes. Rikkers has been in contact with the family about the victim's condition.

"Fortunately, none of the injuries are life threatening." said Rikkers. " Yesterday, she went in to surgery. Her leg is broken in three places, so they put a rod in and she will be able to walk relatively soon."

To show their support, members of the band wrote inspiring notes for Olszenski, wishing her a full and speedy recovery.

"I'm delivering 500 notes to Logan today, all wishing her well" said Rikkers. "We look forward to having her back. Even though she won't be able to march with us in the Macy's parade, we look forward to having her with us on that trip."

The man who police say hit her, Jacinto Perez Lopez, is being held without bond at the Rockingham County Regional Jail.


A man has been charged with felony hit and run after police say he hit a local college student who was driving a motorized scooter across an intersection.

According to the Harrisonburg Police Department, officers responded to the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Way and South Main St. around 6:30 a.m. for a report of a crash involving a pedestrian.

A 21-year-old woman identified as a local college student had been heading south on S. Main Street, according to police, when she crossed the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Way on the crosswalk using a motorized "Bird" scooter.

Over recent weeks,

have gained popularity in Harrisonburg, especially among college students.

As the woman made her way across the crosswalk, witnesses report an older model, dark green Toyota Camry failed to yield right of way to the crosswalk sign, crossed the intersection, and hit the woman, sending her flying from the roadway.

Police say the driver then failed to stop and kept going east on MLk Jr. Way.

The victim was airlifted to UVA Medical Center with serious injuries.

Investigators determined the suspect to be Jacinto Perez Lopez, a Harrisonburg man, and charged him with felony Hit and Run.

About two hours after the crash, police say Lopez turned himself in to the police department lobby and was arrested. He is being held without bond at the Rockingham County Regional Jail.

Police are still looking for more information about the crash, however, and are asking anyone who was in the area to call their non-emergency number at (540) 434-4436. Anonymous tips related to this investigation can be sent to Crime Solvers by calling 540-574-5050 or text “HPD” plus the tip to CRIMES (274637).