Chesterfield Judge has denied three-time DUI offender Matthew Pernell bond
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY – Virginia State Police have charged a driver in the early Tuesday morning (December 27) fatal crash on Route 288 in which one person was killed. The crash occurred at 12:50 a.m., on Route 288 northbound, 8/10 mile south of Chester Road in Chesterfield County.
Virginia State Police Senior Trooper Z. Grey is investigating the crash.
A 1994 Chevrolet pickup was traveling south on Route 288 when it ran off the road to the left into the median crossing into the northbound lanes and striking a 1996 Cadillac. The pickup then overturned and the Cadillac continued head-on into the guardrail.
The operator of the 1996 Cadillac, Alonza Jefferson Jr., 46 of Midlothian, Virginia died at the scene; he was wearing a seatbelt. The driver of the 1994 Chevrolet pickup, Matthew P. Pernell, 27 of Emporia, Virginia was transported to MCV Hospital with serious non-life threatening injuries; he was not wearing a seatbelt. Pernell has been charged with DUI 3rd offense and involuntary manslaughter. He is currently being held at the Chesterfield County jail with no bond.
A GoFundMe account has been established by Mr. Jefferson’s family, to help with funeral expenses.