By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: June 10, 2019 | 12:30 p.m.
Dinwiddie man faces manslaughter charge in crash that killed PG teen
PRINCE GEORGE – This fall, a Prince George jury will ultimately decide the fate of a Dinwiddie man accused of taking the life of a local teenager in a crash along James River Drive in March after prosecutors successfully argued to have the case moved to the county’s circuit court.
According to court records, on September 12, 55-year-old Jeffrey Thomas Rose of Church Road in Dinwiddie County will head to trial in connection with that early March crash that killed a Prince George High School student and seriously injured several others.
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.
Days later, police announced that Rose had been 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.
Court records show the Prince George Commonwealth Attorney’s Office was given the green light to move forward with presenting their case to a seating of the grand jury, which occurred on May 21 just before the Memorial Day weekend holiday.
Based on the materials presented by Prince George Commonwealth Attorney Susan Fierro’s office, the assembled jury believed there was sufficient evidence to proceed with prosecution in the county’s circuit court, issuing true bills on both the misdemeanor DUI charge and felony involuntary manslaughter count.
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.