Virginia Tech redshirt freshman linebacker Dahman McKinnon has been on an indefinite suspension from the football program since Dec. 30, when he was arrested for failure to stop after a traffic accident.
Because the accident involved over $1,000 in damage, leaving the scene is a Class 5 felony under Virginia law, prompting an automatic suspension from the team.
University Policy 1035 states that any Virginia Tech student-athlete charged with a felony must be indefinitely suspended until the case is dropped, dismissed or resolved. A felony conviction would result in a permanent dismissal. If the charge is reduced, any reinstatement would be up to athletic director Jim Weaver.
“It happened there on South Main St.,” said Jimmy Turk, McKinnon’s lawyer. “He drove a short distance from where the accident happened, parked his car and called his mother to ask what he should do. Then the police came and charged him with felony hit and run because he apparently did not stop right at the scene of the accident.”
According to online court records, McKinnon, 19, was also charged with operating a motor vehicle without insurance, a misdemeanor, and cited for two infractions — failure to obtain a registration/title and failure to obey a traffic signal.
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound outside linebacker from Hope Mills, N.C., redshirted last season but was expected to compete for reps this spring following the departure of seniors Alonzo Tweedy and Jeron Gouveia-Winslow. Rising sophomore Ronny Vandyke is expected to start atop the depth chart at whip linebacker.
McKinnon has a March 7 preliminary hearing in Montgomery County General District Court in Christiansburg.