Max Term Given In Crash Case

Timberville Driver Drunk When He Killed Woman

Posted: July 5, 2014

HARRISONBURG — A Timberville man who admitted to driving drunk and killing a woman in a July 2013 crash will spend more than a decade in prison.

Midway during his trial in Rockingham County Circuit Court in April, Derek Miller, 30, pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter, which was amended from aggravated involuntary manslaughter.

During a hearing Friday, Judge Bruce Albertson sentenced him to the maximum sentence, 10 years in prison. The judge also tacked on three years for violating his probation.

During trial, prosecutors told jurors that Miller was traveling 96 mph when he crashed head-on into Timberville resident Elva Moyers’ late-model four-door car. She was traveling south on Spar Mine Road, just north of Crossroads Lane, around 3:50 p.m. on July 24.

He was northbound in a 2004 Pontiac car when he lost control after passing another vehicle. He crossed back into the southbound lane, where his car struck Moyers’ vehicle.

The 76-year-old died at the scene.

Miller’s blood-alcohol content level was about 0.11. In Virginia, a driver with a BAC of 0.08 or more is considered legally impaired.

He was arrested the day of the crash and has been held in jail without bond since.

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