By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: April 9, 2019 | 1:45 p.m.
PRINCE GEORGE – The driver of a truck that drifted off the road before overcorrecting into the opposing lane and colliding with a sedan, killing a Prince George High School student and seriously injuring others remains behind bars after recent court appearances have been continued.
According to court records, 55-year-old Jeffrey Thomas Rose of Dinwiddie County remains behind bars at Riverside Regional Jail charged with aggravated involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence (with BAC level more than 0.20) in connection with a deadly crash along James River Drive in March.
That crash occurred in the 15000 block of James River Drive just after 7 p.m. on March 9 where, through law enforcement’s preliminary investigation, 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.
The death of the beloved teenager sent shockwaves through the close-knit community of Prince George High School as the county rallied to support the grieving students.
“We join the community with heavy hearts over the loss of high school student Trevor Aldridge,” County Administrator Percy Ashcraft said. “We appreciate seeing the community rally together following such a tragedy and it stands to attest to the fiber of families and friends and, sometimes, total strangers in our community.”
He continued, “The loss is huge and we have a high school full of students who need to be kept in our thoughts.”
Since his arrest, Rose has had all three of his most recent court appearances be continued, according to court records.
He is scheduled to appear in Prince George General District Court again on May 13 for a preliminary hearing.
According to state law, in order to be charged with aggravated involuntary manslaughter, the actions of the defendant show a “reckless disregard for human life” while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The penalty for that felony charge is a mandatory minimum of one year behind bars and up to 20 years in prison.