VIRGINIA: State Police say impaired driver Anthony George charged with DUI after causing crash that killed Lajuanna Morton on I-95

Fatal-crash-on-I-95-laid-to-Anthony-George-of-Baltimore-that-killed-his-passenger-and-he-is-charged-with-DUI. Photo Virginia Dept. of Transportation

Virginia State Police Senior Trooper J. Fletcher is investigating a four-vehicle crash in Spotsylvania County. The crash occurred Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at 5:11 a.m. along Interstate 95 at the 118 mile-marker. 

A 2005 Honda Accord was traveling south on I-95 when it ran off the left side of the roadway and collided with a guardrail. The impact with the guardrail sent the Honda back across all three travel southbound travel lanes until it struck a 2012 Volvo tractor-trailer that was parked on the right southbound shoulder.

After striking the 2012 tractor-trailer, the Honda came to rest in the right southbound travel lane, at which time the front seat passenger, Lajuanna M. Morton, 34, exited the vehicle while holding a 3-year-old female passenger in her arms. As Morton and the toddler were standing in the travel lane, a southbound 2022 Kenworth tractor-trailer struck the disabled Honda. Morton and the toddler were also struck.

The impact of that crash caused the 2022 Kenworth tractor-trailer to collide with another southbound tractor trailer. Both tractor-trailers came to rest against the guardrail.  

Police say that the driver of the Honda, Anthony Deon George, 43, of 8339 Montgomery Run Road, Ellicott City, Md. suffered minor injuries in the crash and was transported to Mary Washington Hospital for treatment. George was wearing a seatbelt. Morton, of Baltimore, Md., died at the scene. 

The 3-year-old female suffered serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, and was transported to Mary Washington Hospital for treatment. A 16-year-old female passenger in the Honda suffered serious injuries in the crash and was also transported to Mary Washington Hospital for treatment. The 16-year-old was wearing a seatbelt. 

None of the tractor-trailer drivers was injured in the crash.

George was taken into custody and charged with one felony count of possession of a controlled schedule I/II drug, one misdemeanor count of DUI, one misdemeanor count of no valid driver’s license, and one traffic infraction for expired registration. George was transported to the Rappahannock Regional Jail where he is being held without bond.  

Anthony Deon George (DOB 03/17/1978) was cited by police on August 21, 2021, for speeding by Baltimore County Police Special Operations Division Officer R. Freund. George was doing 87 mph in a 50 mph speed zone on Providence Road at Batavia Farm Road. George was operating a 2018 Nissan Altima when he was stopped at 2:05 am. George was also cited for driving while suspended.

Baltimore City Circuit Court records show that Anthony George entered a guilty plea to traffic charges of driving without a driver’s permit that resulted in him being sentenced to jail for three months and ten days on May 31, 2019.

guilty plea Date: 05/31/2019
Disposition Date:05/31/2019
Verdict:guilty verdict Date:05/31/2019