A Hillsville woman has pled guilty to DUI and manslaughter in a traffic accident that claimed the life of a Meadows of Dan woman in 2016.
Amanda P. Huff, 28, of Hillsville was set to have a jury trial on the two charges on April 19-20 but pled guilty on Monday in a hearing in Carroll County Circuit Court, according to Carroll County Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan H. Lyons. Judge Brett Geisler set Huff’s sentencing for August 15 at 9 a.m. Huff, who is represented by Hillsville attorney Jonathan McGrady, could face up to 12 months in prison on the DUI charge and as much as 10 years on the manslaughter charge, Lyons said.
Huff’s charges stem from an accident on March 25, 2016 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.
Huff was charged with vehicular manslaughter in September of 2016 after lab analysis of Huff’s blood from the day of the wreck came back. Lyons said Huff will remain out on bail until the time of the sentencing.