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Tow truck driver sentenced to 28 years in fatal hit-and-run

February 19, 2022 GMT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia tow truck driver who struck and killed a police captain, then fled, has been sentenced to 28 years in prison.

Justin Thomas Regensburg, 31, was convicted in September after he pleaded guilty to felony homicide and hit-and-run.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that a Henrico Circuit Court judge on Friday sentenced Regensburg to 40 years, with 15 suspended, on the homicide charge. He was sentenced to five years, with two years suspended, for the hit-and-run, according to Cathy Black, special prosecutor from Williamsburg-James City County.

Donald Lambert Jr., 55, was jogging near his home on the morning of Feb. 27, 2021, when he was struck by a tow truck driven by Regensburg.

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The stretch of road where Lambert was struck was under construction and had no shoulder at the time. The truck crashed into a shed after hitting Lambert and an occupied car. Regensburg then fled on foot.

The next day, he was arrested in King William County after a brief chase. He has been convicted of eluding police there, but is awaiting sentencing on that charge.

Lambert had worked for the Henrico County Police Division since 1987. He had most recently headed its Special Operations Group.