UPDATE: Suspect in fatal hit-and-run crash released on bond

Published: Nov. 26, 2021 at 8:15 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 27, 2021 at 6:50 AM EST
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - The man accused of leaving an accident that killed a man last Friday has been released on bond.

Henry Theodore Allen was arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court on Saturday, where he was given a $10,000 surety bond.

Parkersburg Police Lieutenant Matthew Board says Allen is still charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.

He says that charge could result in a one to five year prison sentence and up to a $5,000 fine.

A Parkersburg man has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident after a fatal collision that took the life of a pedestrian Friday night.

Police say Roger Modesitt, 74, of Parkersburg was crossing in the 1700 block of 16th street near City Park shortly after 6 :45 P.M. when he was struck by an eastbound SUV.

Police say the 2008 Jeep Cherokee and its driver fled the scene, and was located an hour later. The driver was identified as Henry Theodore Allen, Sr., 65, of Parkersburg.

Lt. Matthew Board says Allen is charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death. He was not injured in the crash. Drugs and alcohol are not suspected.

As of early Saturday morning, he had not yet been arraigned.


911 dispatchers say a hit and run happened at 6:47 p.m. Friday night. This was by 16th Street and Park Avenue by Parkersburg City Park.

Parkersburg Police say the pedestrian hit has died. The person’s name has not been released yet. Police say they are looking for a suspect.

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