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New Year’s Eve Crash Sparks Hours-Long Search in Middleburg

The driver fled after hitting tree, but was located the following morning.

Driver flees scene of New Year's Eve accident in Middleburg.
Driver flees scene of New Year's Eve accident in Middleburg.

When officers responded to the scene of a single-car accident in Middleburg on New Year’s Eve, they found an empty car.

Deputies with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office reported to the scene around 2 p.m. Dec. 31 and found a pickup truck had struck a tree. The LCSO, with the assistance of other law enforcement agencies, performed a ground and aerial search for the driver under the belief that he or she could be injured. A reverse 911 call was made to homes in the area.

The suspected driver was located around 8 a.m. Jan. 1 and declined medical treatment.

Charges have not been filed, but the incident remains under investigation.

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