Suspended Virginia Tech linebacker Dahman McKinnon had his felony hit-and-run charge reduced to a misdemeanor at a preliminary hearing in Montgomery County District Court on Thursday, which should pave the way for his reinstatement to the team.
McKinnon was found guilty of a misdemeanor stemming from a traffic accident in December and ordered to pay a $100 fine., his attorney, Jimmy Turk, said. Three other traffic infractions — driving without insurance, failure to obtain a registration/title and failure to obey a traffic signal — were dismissed.
The redshirt freshman was initially charged with a felony for leaving the scene of an accident because the damages exceeded $1,000. Per Virginia Tech athletic department policy, a felony charge triggers an immediate suspension from the team.
Now that the felony charge is resolved, McKinnon can be reinstated to the Hokies, a decision that is up to athletic director Jim Weaver.
Virginia Tech beings spring practice March 27.