A Hillsville woman has been charged with vehicular manslaughter and DUI in a two-car accident that claimed the life of a Meadows of Dan woman on March 25 in Carroll County.
According to Carroll County Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan H. Lyons, Amanda P. Huff was arrested and charged Sept. 6 for driving a vehicle under the influence while committing manslaughter. Huff, who was 26 at the time of the accident, already faces a charge of DUI following the fatal wreck.
Huff’s charges stem from an accident on March 25 in Carroll County that occurred at 1:31 p.m. on U.S. 58 in Hillsville, three-tenths of a mile east of Bent Nail Road (Route 666). At the time of the wreck, Virginia State Trooper R.D. Horton said Huff was driving a 2015 Jeep Cherokee when she crossed into the opposite lane and into the path of a 2004 Ford Taurus operated by Brenda L. Ayers, 48, of Meadows of Dan. Horton described the accident as pretty much head-on, noting the wreck knocked Huff’s Jeep Cherokee over an embankment. Ayers was pronounced dead at the scene, while Huff was transported to an area hospital. She was charged with DUI that evening.
Lyons said the new vehicular manslaughter DUI charge is based on lab results law enforcement had been awaiting.
“We waited for the blood to come back,” Lyons said. “Based on the results of the blood, we were able to get a charge of manslaughter from the Magistrate’s Office.”
Lyons said Huff has been released on bond. He said he expects Huff’s first court hearing to be held approximately November 8.
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