Case against driver in deadly crash heads to grand jury

By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: May 26, 2019 | 1:45 p.m.

Church Road man faces manslaughter charge in March crash

DINWIDDIE – The case against a Dinwiddie man charged in a deadly crash that killed a local high school student and injured several others is expected to go before a grand this month.

Prince George County Commonwealth’s Attorney Susan Fierro confirmed local prosecutors will be presenting their evidence to a seating of the grand jury early last week in connection with a March 9 crash along James River Drive that saw 55-year-old Jeffrey Thomas Rose of Dinwiddie face felony charges and left Prince George High School and the community as a whole reeling.

That accident occurred just after 7 p.m. on March 9 and, according to local authorities, it was revealed that a 2003 GMC pickup truck driven by Rose was traveling westbound along James River Drive and ran off the road to the right.

Rose overcorrected to the left and entered the eastbound lane into the path of an oncoming 2003 Acura sedan, with the two vehicles colliding.

The driver of the Acura, identified as Trevor Aldridge, a student at Prince George High School, died at the scene. Two other passengers inside the sedan and Rose were all transported to VCU Medical Center in Richmond with serious injuries.

Within days of the crash, Rose was placed under arrest and charged with aggravated involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content level greater than 0.20, with the Church Road resident remaining behind bars at Riverside Regional Jail after requests for bond were denied.

Earlier this month, court records showed the case had been given the green light be to presented to a seating of the county’s grand jury, which was expected to gather last Tuesday. If that grand jury believes there is suitable evidence to move forward with the case, a true bill, or indictment would be issued and the case would proceed through Prince George Circuit Court.

When asked, Fierro confirmed the charges that would be presented to the grand jury would be the same as those filed initially against Rose at the time of the crash.

According to state law, “Any person who, as a result of driving under the influence … or any local ordinance substantially similar thereto unintentionally causes the death of another person, shall be guilty of involuntary manslaughter.”

That law further details, “If, in addition, the conduct of the defendant was so gross, wanton and culpable as to show a reckless disregard for human life, he shall be guilty of aggravated involuntary manslaughter,” a felony that carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a minimum of one year behind bars.

Rose remains behind bars at Riverside Regional Jail.

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