CULPEPER — State police have found and arrested a Fredericksburg man who was wanted for questioning in a fatal crash in Culpeper County on Friday.
Police charged Earl J. Nicholson Jr., 38, with one felony count of hit-and-run, said Sgt. Brent Coffey, a state police spokesman. Nicholson was being held without bond Friday night at the Culpeper Regional Jail.
Trooper J. Allen is investigating the two-vehicle crash, which occurred at 12:20 a.m. Friday on Route 522 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, authorities said.
Nicholson was seriously injured. An ambulance transported him from the crash site to a local hospital. But he walked away as soon as the ambulance he was riding in arrived at thehospital, 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 the University of Virginia Medical Center and then to a magistrate’s office, police said.
The Saturn's driver, Pamela J. Mozingo, 54, of Culpeper, died at the scene. She was not wearing a seat belt.
Her passengers, Mark L. Southerland, 27, and Joe B. Southerland, 55, both of Culpeper, were flown to the UVa Medical Center for treatment of life-threatening injuries. Neither man was wearing a seat belt.