UPDATE 3/17/14: Ronald Lee Perkins Jr. was sentenced Monday to 50 years in prison, with 11 years suspended, for second degree murder, eluding police – endangerment, burglary and grand larceny.
Perkins pleaded guilty on August 7, 2013.
VIRGINIA BEACH -- A man accused of running into a pedestrian late Monday night as he eluded police is due in court Wednesday afternoon.
Police say they tried to stop Ronald Perkins, who is a robbery suspect, around 10:40 p.m. on S. Military Highway near the Virginia Beach/Chesapeake city line.
The pursuit continued onto Northampton Blvd. near Baker Road when Perkins allegedly struck the pedestrian crossing the road and kept going.
The car, a red Saab, was spotted by Norfolk police on Norview Avenue near N. Military Highway around 10:55 p.m. They soon found the vehicle in that area, but the driver wasn't in the vehicle.
A man told 13News he went out to his van to go to work and found the suspect asleep inside. That was on Bertha Street in Norfolk. He spoke to the man, who asked if he could get a ride somewhere. He said he went back inside and called police, who showed up quickly and took the suspect into custody.
He said he didn't know at the time that the man was the hit-and-run suspect.
The pedestrian, Raymond Rogers, a truck driver from Rhode Island, was killed.
Perkins is charged with felony eluding, felony hit and run and homicide.
Amy Griffin, who has known Perkins for several years, says his problems revolved around drugs, mostly Heroin.
"This is what we kept saying, 'He's going to kill somebody or kill himself.' Over and over again, 'kill somebody or kill himself,' and now he's taken a life," Griffin cried.