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Two Killed in Crozet Car Accident, Driver Charged with DUI

Posted: Updated: Nov 24, 2011 09:00 PM EST

A Crimora woman is facing charges after police say she got drunk and got behind the wheel Now two people are dead and she is recovering in the hospital.

Police say that an accident reconstruction team has launched an investigation and additional charges are pending.

It happened just before 8:00 Thursday night along Half Mile Branch Road. Police say three people were in a car when the driver lost control and hit a tree. The car caught on fire.

Police have charged 36-year-old Jessica Lewis with driving under the influence.

Sergeant Darrell Byers of the Albemarle County Police Department said, "Speed definitely was a factor. It appears the vehicle came around a curve, ran off the road and impacted a tree and became fully engulfed in flames."

Lewis is being treated at the hospital for her injuries.

Her two passengers have been identified as 20-year-old Amber Johnson and 40-year-old Michael Johnson.

In this kind of situation police say any additional charges would likely be manslaughter, but Lewis is only charged with DUI at this point.


Press Release:

On November 10, 2011 the Albemarle County Police were dispatched to the Half Mile Branch Road for a report of a vehicle crash. 

Two of the occupants were flown to the University of Virginia Medical Center with life threatening injuries.  Amber Leigh Johnson, 20 years of age, of Crozet, Virginia and Michael Wayne Johnson, 40 years of age, of Crozet, Virginia succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash.

The driver of the vehicle, Jessica Lewis, 36 years of age, of Crimora, Virginia was also taken to the University of Virginia Medical Center with serious injuries.  Lewis has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.  Excessive speed is also listed as a causation factor of this crash.

This crash is still under investigation by the Albemarle County Police Department's Crash Reconstruction Team, additional charges pending.  This is the fifteenth fatality that the Albemarle County Police Department's Traffic Unit has worked this year.

Sergeant Darrell R. Byers
Public Information Officer

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