Dinwiddie man heads to trial in deadly DUI crash

By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: September 5, 2019 | 1:45 p.m.

March crash killed Prince George teenager, injured two others

DINWIDDIE – A Dinwiddie County man will go before a Prince George County jury in connection with a deadly crash that claimed the life of a local teenager.

According to court records, 55-year-old Jeffrey Thomas Road of Church Road, Va. is scheduled to appear in Prince George County Circuit Court on September 12 after being charged with involuntary manslaughter and driving while intoxicated following a crash that killed a Prince George County High School student and left several others seriously injured.

During the weekend of March 9, a 2003 pickup truck driven by Rose was traveling westbound in the 15000 block of James River Drive when he ran off the road to the right. Through the local police department’s investigation, it was revealed that Rose overcorrected to the left and entered the eastbound lane, into the path of a 2003 Acura, with the two cars 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, Rose was arrested and charged with aggravated involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence (with BAC level more than 0.20). The Dinwiddie man remained behind bars at Riverside Regional Jail after efforts to receive bond were denied.

The case was presented to a seating of the county’s grand jury in the spring and, based on the information presented by Prince George Commonwealth’s Attorney Susan Fierro and her office, that grand jury indicted Rose on both the involuntary manslaughter and DUI charges.

Due to the ongoing prosecution by her office, Fierro has not been able to comment on the particulars of their case, such as evidence and other details.

Regarding the felony manslaughter charge Rose is facing, state law says “Any person who as a result of driving under the influence … unintentionally causes the death of another person, shall be guilty of involuntary manslaughter,” which, if convicted, puts the Dinwiddie man at risk of receiving a prison sentence ranging from one to ten years behind bars.

That code section, which is cited in court records, adds, “If … 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,” with the sentence duration increasing to a maximum of 20 years in prison.

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