CANA, Va. — Charges were filed Monday against a father who was driving during the single-vehicle crash Oct. 31 that claimed the life of his 4-year-old son.

Christopher Dean Woolwine, no age available, father of Cole David Woolwine, 4, of Princeton, was charged with felony hit and run and two misdemeanor charges including reckless driving and driving on a suspended license, according to Trooper R.D. Horton of the Virginia State Police. The Carroll County Commonwealth’s Attorney is reviewing the case and additional charges are pending.

The crash was reported the evening of Oct. 31 on U.S. Route 52, approximately one-tenth of a mile from Route 981 in Cana, Va., Horton said. Cana is south of Hillsville, Va., near the Virginia-North Carolina state line.

Woolwine was allegedly driving when his vehicle struck a 2001 Chevrolet pickup truck, “twirled them around,” and ran them off the road, Horton said. The truck’s male driver, female passenger, and two children seated in the extended cab were all wearing seat belts.

Woolwine allegedly fled the scene of that crash and then wrecked his own vehicle, Horton said. The vehicle ran off the road to the right, hit a tree, and came to rest back on the roadway.

Horton stated that rescuers at the scene told him the child was in a booster seat and wearing a seat belt. Woolwine was wearing a seat belt as well. Woolwine and his son were the only people in the vehicle.

Woolwine was being held Monday at the New River Regional Jail in Dublin, Va., on a $5,000 secure bond, Horton said.

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