NEW DETAILS: Deputies arrest woman in deadly hit-and-run that killed at 2-year-old

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THREE FORKS, WV (WVNS) — 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020: Deputies in McDowell County announced an arrest was made in a deadly hit and run investigation. Angel Alberta Estep, 37, of War, WV is charged with Negligent Homicide, Crash Involving Death, Duty to Render Aid, Immediate Notification of Crash and Failure to Maintain Control.

The charges are in connection with the death of a 2-year-old child on Thanksgiving day. Ms. Estep was arraigned in front of Magistrate Steve Cox. Her bond was set at $100,000.

Estep is being held in the McDowell County Holding Unit. She will remain there until she can be transferred to the Southwestern Regional Jail.


11/30/2020 10:20 a.m. UPDATE: Deputies in McDowell County are actively investigating a hit-and-run case which left a toddler dead. According to a release, investigators have a suspect; however, an arrest has not been made at this time.

A previous report stated an arrest was made, the Sheriff told 59News this is not the case. The McDowell County Sheriff’s Department is awaiting forensic evidence before any arrest can be made.

Chief Deputy James Muncy said no further information will be provided, including any suspect’s identity, due to the active nature of the investigation. Forensic evidence is also set to be returned from the West Virginia State Police lab.

Muncy said Buchanan County (Virginia) sheriff’s deputies also assisted in the investigation. He extended his appreciation to them, West Virginia State troopers and the public for their help.

Stick with 59News as this story continues to develop.


THREE FORKS, WV (WVNS) — 11/27/2020 8:15 a.m. UPDATE: The two-year-old involved in a hit-and-run accident died, according to Chief Deputy James Muncy with the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office.

According to deputies, they responded to the Three Forks area on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. They found a two-year-old seriously injured from a hit and run.

Deputies are still searching for the vehicle. Investigators described the vehicle as an older small SUV. It is silver in color and has possible front-end damage. Deputies and troopers said the vehicle was last seen traveling towards Buchanan County, Virginia at the time.

Anyone with information is urged to call the McDowell County 911 Center at (304) 436-4106.


THREE FORKS, WV (WVNS) — ORIGINAL STORY: A ‘serious’ hit-and-run accident involving a young child in McDowell County left police searching for a vehicle.

Deputies and West Virginia State troopers responded to the Three Forks area at around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, November 26, 2020. They said a two-year-old child was seriously injured in a hit-and-run.

Investigators described the vehicle as an older small SUV. It is silver in color and has possible front-end damage. Deputies and troopers said the vehicle was traveling towards Buchanan County, Virginia at the time.

Anyone with information is urged to call the McDowell County 911 Center at (304) 436-4106.

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