The Albemarle County Police Department Traffic Unit has placed additional charges on Brandon Scott Martin in connection to the fatality crash on July 21st at Seminole Trail and Branchlands Blvd.
Martin, 21 years old from Troy, was charged with one felony count of aggravated DUI manslaughter, one felony count of DUI maiming, one misdemeanor count of driving with a suspended license and one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was also charged with the following traffic summonses: defective equipment, failure to obey a red light and no seat belt.
Brandon Scott Martin was originally charged with DUI on July 21st. He was arrested today and held without bond at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.
The Albemarle County Police Department initially reported investigating a fatal crash which occurred at 11:14 pm on Tuesday, July 21 on Seminole Trail (Rt. 29) at Branchlands Blvd.
A Honda Civic was traveling south along Seminole Trail in the left turn lane. The car turned left on a red light at Branchlands Blvd. A Mitsubishi Montero was traveling north on Seminole Trail. The Honda, turning left, traveled into the path of the Montero. The Montero hit the Honda in the passenger
The driver of the Honda, Brandon Scott Martin, 21-years old of Troy, VA has been charged with Driving Under the Influence. He is in critical condition at the University of Virginia Medical Center. The passenger, Josh Payne, 22-years-old from Troy, VA, died at the scene. The rear passenger, a juvenile, was ejected from the vehicle and transported to the University of Virginia Medical Center in critical condition. No one in the Honda was wearing a seat belt.
The driver of the Montero was transported to the University of Virginia Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
The Albemarle County Police Department focuses on DUI enforcement and education. Please do your part to keep yourself, your passengers and others on the roadway safe.