Court officials said a Virginia teenager would spend six months in prison for a deadly wreck in 2019 that killed a friend.
The Roanoke Times reported that Robert, author, Smith, 19, did not claim a Roanoke County Courthouse competition for a reckless driving count. The charge of involuntary manslaughter was dropped as part of the plea agreement.
Commonwealth Assistant Lawyer Bill Braxton said that Smith was driving a truck that transported his father on May 31, 2019 when he drove the car to a sharp turn at an intersection that caused the truck to overturn, and said that two of the rear seat passengers were driven out of the truck.
Braxton said that Aaron Chelson McNair, 18, who was riding in the truck bed, had a traumatic head injury and died in hospital.
District Judge Charlie Dorsey sentenced Smith to 12 months in prison, and he will be suspended after six months. Smith will be allowed to continue his college education while serving his sentence intermittently.
Smith apologized to the court and to the McNair family.