Virginia: State Police report alcohol a factor when Daniel Eli Yoder died when he crashed into a tree, repeat offender for the final time

Virginia State Police


Virginia: State Police report alcohol a factor when Daniel Eli Yoder died when he crashed into a tree

Virginia State Police Sgt. Michelle Anaya reports that on November 18, 2017, at approximately 7:09 PM, the Police was called to investigate a single-vehicle crash on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, which killed a repeat offender DWI driver.
The accident occurred at the 15000 block of Horsey Road, in Accomack County. The driver of a 2000 Pontiac Sunfire, was traveling eastbound on Horsey Road towards US Route 13 when the driver ran off the road and struck a tree.
The driver, 56-year-old Daniel Eli Yoder, of the 600 block of Saxis Road, Sanford, Virginia, died at the scene.
Police report that Yoder was not wearing a seat-belt and alcohol was a contributing factor. 
Yoder entered a guilty plea to DWI in Worcester County District Court on May 9, 1998, after being arrested by Maryland State Trooper L. Banks on Jan. 30, 1998.  Yoder was stopped for speeding while northbound on Market Street south of Eleventh Street.  Yoder was given a plea deal with 90 days in jail. THE DEAL: In return for making it easy on prosecutors by not having to prove the DWI case in court, Yoder entered a guilty plea and 84 days of his sentence was suspended. He was fined $295.00.


Daniel Eli Yoder died in DUI crash in Virginia on Nov. 18, 2017

Daniel Eli Yoder, 56, of Sanford, passed away on November 18, 2017, in Oak Hall.

Born on March 21, 1961, in Nassawadox, he was the son of Eli E. Yoder and Minnie Godwin Yoder. Danny was a member of Sanford United Methodist Church and loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.

Other than his parents, he is survived by his fiancé, Christine Malone and several aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Danny was preceded in death by his grandparents, John B. and Lena Yoder and Arvandus Godwin, Sr. and Mary Helen Trader Godwin.

A funeral service will be conducted Wednesday, November 22nd at 11:00 AM from the Thornton Funeral Home in Parksley with Rev. William Jefferson officiating. Interment will follow in the Downings Cemetery in Oak Hall.

The family will receive friends for a time of visitation one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Sanford United Methodist Church, c/o Michael Walker, 8152 Flag Pond Road, Sanford, VA 23426.

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Arrangements are by the Thornton Funeral Home in Parksley.

Yoder was convicted in absentia on a charge of public intoxication when arrested on Jan. 14, 2017.  He was fined $150 and court costs of $131.00.