The Virginia-Pilot reported today that a 21 year-old man pleaded guilty to two (2) counts of aggravated involuntary manslaughter on Thursday stemming from a horrific accident that took place in Norfolk over the summer.
Patricia O’Boyle, the prosecutor of this case, explained how alcohol was a factor. After the crash, she noted that the accused’s blood alcohol level was 0.18 and also that he had a suspended license.
The accident took place July 11th, at the intersection of Johnston’s Road and North Military Highway. Three people were injured in the crash when a red-light was ignored and a sedan was struck at an estimated 60 mph by the intoxicated driver. Two died as a result of the injuries they sustained, and although a third person in the struck vehicle did not die, he was “badly injured.”
Court records reveal that on the night of the accident, Jamison ran a red light and struck the victim’s vehicle. Two died at the scene, and an eyewitness to the crash estimated that the speed at the time of crash was 60 mph. The third victim was seriously injured – he was injured to the extent that medical professionals felt the need to induce a medical coma for 17 days. He is expected to recover, but has severe scarring on the body (hands, feet, and brain).
The Virginia-Pilot reports that the prosecution will call more witnesses for the sentencing hearing, which is scheduled for June 29. Mr. Jamison could face up to 40 years in prison, even though local prosecutors have chosen to forego pursing the charge of “maiming while driving under the influence.”