Culpeper County Commonwealth's Attorney Press Release
The case involving the allegedly intoxicated man charged with two counts of manslaughter in the Sept. 6 collision on Eggbornsville Road that killed a 20-year-old pregnant woman and her full-term baby was continued until December 12 at 11:00 a.m. in Culpeper General District court. Orlando A. Cruz, 36, is being held in Culpeper County Jail without bond on charges of aggravated involuntary manslaughter, driving under the influence, driving without a license and improper use of a state inspection sticker.According to previous reports, Zulma Alvarez, 20, of Jeffersonton, was struck head on in her Ford Windstar van around 6 p.m. on September 6 when Cruz, driving a Jeep Cherokee, crossed over the center lane. Alvarez, nine-months pregnant at the time of the crash, died at the local hospital of her injuries along with her newborn baby.
Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Dale Durrer and Cruz' attorney J. Paul Walla appeared in General District Court on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 and requested the continuance. Cruz did not appear before the court. The Commonwealth requested more time to obtain medical records and to accommodate the schedule of a necessary witness. Cruz will remain incarcerated pending the new preliminary hearing date.
The Culpeper County Commonwealth's Attorney Office previously reported Cruz to the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) concerning his potential immigration status following hearings in June 2011 and January 2012 on charges of driving without a license, for which he was convicted. Commonwealth's Attorney Paul Walther stated that "Additional time is needed to obtain further records. The public will be protected because the defendant will remain incarcerated pending the December preliminary hearing."