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Man Charged with Third DUI in Fatal Chesterfield County Crash

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A 46-year-old husband and father of two children was killed early Tuesday morning when an alleged drunk driver plowed into his car. Alonza Jefferson, Jr, of Midlothian, Virginia, was heading home from his second job at approximately 1 a.m. The victim was driving his 1996 Cadillac on Route 288 northbound in Chesterfield County when a 1994 Chevrolet pickup, which was heading the other way, suddenly ran off the left side of the road, crossed the median, and slammed into the victim’s car head-on. The impact sent the Cadillac smashing into a guardrail. The victim, who police say was wearing a seatbelt, died at the scene of the crash.

After slamming the Cadillac, the pickup truck flipped over. The 27-year-old driver, from Emporia, was not wearing a seatbelt. He was transferred to MCV Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the pickup was charged with involuntary manslaughter and his third DUI charge. As of this writing, he is being held at the Chesterfield County jail on no bond. His criminal record reveals a man who has a long history of traffic violation. Since 2008, the driver has been cited for over a dozen traffic violations. He also has been convicted of drunk driving twice. The first conviction was in 2010 and the second conviction was in 2013.

Our personal injury attorneys have reported on hundreds – if not thousands – of drunk driving crashes where an innocent person was killed. No matter how many of these crashes we hear about, the senseless tragedies and loss of life caused by drunk drivers never gets any easier to report on.

Our Virginia wrongful death firm has successfully represented many victims and their families who have lost loved ones because another person made the selfish and foolish decision to get behind the wheel of a vehicle drunk, and we understand how devastating these losses caused by drunk drivers can be. From all media accounts, the victim in this DUI crash was a hard-working, well-respected father and husband. And because a stranger – who has been convicted twice of drunk driving and should by now be well-versed on the dangers – decided to drive after drinking, there are two children who will grow up without their father and a wife who will grow old without her husband.