A Hillsville woman has been sentenced to serve one year and eight months in prison for vehicular manslaughter in a traffic accident that claimed the life of a Meadows of Dan woman in 2016 in Carroll County.
Amanda Huff, 28, of Hillsville pled guilty on April 16 to DUI and manslaughter in Carroll County Circuit Court relating to an accident that occurred on March 25, 2016 in Carroll County 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.
During Huff’s sentencing on August 15 in Carroll County Circuit Court, Judge Brett Geisler sentenced Huff to a 10-year sentence for manslaughter with eight years and four months of the sentence suspended. He also ordered her to serve five years of probation upon release and suspended her driver’s license indefinitely. Geisler also sentenced Huff to serve 12 months on the DUI charge. Since the manslaughter and DUI sentences will run concurrently, Huff will spend a total of one year and eight months in prison. She was also fined $250 for the DUI charge.
Huff was represented by Hillsville attorney Jonathan McGrady.