Driver who Caused Fatal DUI Truck Crash in Virginia Beach Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter
A delivery truck driver who caused a fatal DUI truck crash in Virginia Beach has admitted six charges.
Jerode Johnson was accused of being intoxicated when he drove into a car carrying two Great Bridge High School students on Indian River Road in 2017.
The crash claimed the life of one Great Bridge High School senior who was driving the car. Her friend, who was a passenger, sustained permanent injuries in the crash.
WAVY.com reported Johnson pleaded conditionally guilty to the following charges:
- Aggravated Inv. Manslaughter
- Hit and Run
- DUI Maiming
- Possession of Cocaine
- Driving on a suspended license.
The case is to be referred for a pre-sentence report. Johnson will be sentenced at a later date. He could receive up to 47 years in prison.
This was a horrific crash that wiped out one young life and destroyed the quality of life of another. The actions of a truck driver devastated the Great Bridge girls’ family and friends.
A witness to the crash on Indian River Road in Virginia Beach said a box truck driven by Johnson swerved on the road and ran into a ditch. As he came out of the ditch, the delivery truck started to flip before crashing into the two students’ SUV head-on.
Police officers said Johnson tried to run away from the scene, smelled of alcohol and failed sobriety tests.
This fatal DUI truck crash in Virginia Beach illustrates how alcohol and driving wrecks lives, be it those of the victims or the perpetrators.
The family of the 18-year-old who died filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the trucker and his employer, Great Bridge Furniture.
Last year in Virginia, 248 people were killed in alcohol-related wrecks. The Virginia Highway Safety Office recorded 7,285 crashes linked to drunk driving. About a third of all deaths on Virginia’s highways are caused by intoxicated drivers.
Our thoughts are with the families of these two young students for the terrible ordeal they endured over the last year. When a commercial vehicle driver is sued in a personal injury or a wrongful death case, his or her employer can often also be sued.
A company may be held liable under the doctrine of “respondeat superior” which is a Latin phrase meaning “let the superior make answer.”
If you or a loved one has been injured due to the actions of a drunk driver, you may have grounds to make a claim for your injuries. Call our Virginia Beach personal injury attorneys today at (757) 455-0077.