Virginia Tech freshman Dahman McKinnon has been suspended indefinitely after he was accused in a hit-and-run accident near campus last month.
McKinnon was charged with failing to stop after a Dec. 30 car accident, according to Montgomery County (Va.) General District Court online records. Because the incident involved more than $1,000 in damage, leaving the scene is considered a class 5 felony in the state of Virginia.
Virginia Tech athletic department policy calls for McKinnon’s indefinite suspension from the football program until the felony charge is resolved. He is no longer listed on the team’s online roster.
If McKinnon agrees to reduced charges, Athletic Director Jim Weaver would decide whether to reinstate him. If convicted of a felony, McKinnon would be kicked off the football team.
The accident occurred on South Main Street in Blacksburg, according to McKinnon’s attorney, Jimmy Turk. McKinnon also was charged with operating a motor vehicle without insurance, a misdemeanor in Virginia, and two traffic citations: failure to obtain a registration/title and failure to obey a traffic signal. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 7.
“He was involved in an accident and the law does require that you stop and trade your information,” Turk said. “He did stop shortly down the road and actually was talking to his mom asking her what he should do and advising her on what happened. So I hope it’s something we can work out, and it should be.”
McKinnon, a Hope Mills, N.C., native, was redshirted last season after he was moved from safety to linebacker in August. He was expected to compete for playing time at whip linebacker during spring practice.