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Man Pleads Guilty to Fatal Virginia DUI Crash

Posted on May 03, 2011
On April 6, 2011, a Greenville man pleaded guilty to Virginia DUI manslaughter, after a Staunton man was killed in a head-on crash last April. The courtroom trial took place at the Augusta County Circuit Court on Wednesday.

Curtis W. Riley Jr., 46, was charged with killing 55-year-old Dale Scott Callison, at the intersection of Route 608 and Highland Avenue. Riley's public defender argued that he was facing the setting sun at the time of the crash, which affected his vision, and he couldn't see the motorcycle riding down the hill.

Riley was driving a 1988 Dodge Ram pickup truck, and Callison was riding a 1984 Harley Davidson Roadster motorcycle when the crash occurred.

Witnesses of the accident claimed that Riley was walking around after the crash and appeared to be staggering and stumbling. When a Virginia State Trooper arrived on scene, he found Riley hiding in a stairwell and indicated he was mumbling. Troopers took Riley to Augusta Health in Fishersville and had his blood tested.

Law enforcement found that Riley was driving on a suspended license, and his blood-alcohol level after the crash was at 0.31%, which is over three times the legal limit in Virginia.

The Virginia State Police Troopers and other witnesses took to the stand to testify against Riley in court. Riley pleaded guilty to driving on a suspended license, failure to stop at the scene of the crime, possession of methamphetamines, and to DUI manslaughter. His sentencing is scheduled for July 28, 2011.

If you have been arrested for DUI in Northern Virginia, please call the Wilson Law Firm at (800) DUI-LWYR, and we will provide you with a free legal consultation.

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