State police have found and arrested a Fredericksburg man who was wanted for questioning in Friday’s fatal Culpeper County crash.
Police charged Earl J. Nicholson Jr., 38, with one felony count of hit-and-run, said Sgt. Brent Coffey, spokesman for the agency’s Culpeper Division. Nicholson was being held without bond Friday night in the Culpeper Regional Jail.
State Trooper J. Allen is investigating the two-vehicle crash, which occurred at 12:20 a.m. Friday on State Route 522 a few hundred feet north of Gibson Mill Road north of the town of Culpeper.
Nicholson’s 2000 Ford Explorer was traveling north on Sperryville Pike when he lost control and the Ford crossed the centerline into the southbound lane and collided head-on with a 2007 Saturn ION in a turning lane.
Nicholson, 38, was seriously injured. An ambulance transported him from the crash site. But he walked away as soon as the ambulance he was riding in arrived at the local hospital, state police said.
Early Friday afternoon, state police issued a news bulletin asking for the public’s help in determining Nicholson’s whereabouts.
Nicholson was later found at a home in Unionville in Orange County. He was transported to UVA Medical Center and then to a magistrate’s office, state police said.
The Saturn’s driver, Pamela J. Mozingo, 54, of Culpeper, died at the scene. She was not wearing a seat belt.
Her two passengers, Mark L. Southerland, 27, and Joe B. Southerland, 55, both of Culpeper, were flown to UVA Medical Center for treatment of life-threatening injuries. Neither man was wearing a seat belt.
The State Police Culpeper Division’s Crash Reconstruction Team and the state police’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations are helping with the investigation.
Culpeper Fire and Emergency Services and the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the crash scene.