Virginia: State Police report Alonza Jefferson Jr. killed by 3-time DUI driver Mathew Pernell

Mathew P. Pernell DUI 3rd Offense killed Alonza Jefferson Jr. Roxie Bustamante WRIC 8News


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.

Matthew Pernell 3rd DUI offense was fatal for Alonza Jefferson Jr. Virginia State Police 122816

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.

KILLED BY DRUNK DRIVER BECAUSE JUDGES KEPT GIVING THE KILLER SECOND CHANCES – OVER AND OVER AGAIN – Alonza Jefferson was a father of two working two jobs when killed by DUI driver Matthew Pernell VSP 122816

A GoFundMe account has been established by Mr. Jefferson’s family, to help with funeral expenses.

My daddy, Alonza Jefferson Jr., was taken from us suddenly and unexpectedly in a tragic car accident cause by a drunk driver. I lieu of this, my family is having financial needs that can’t be met on our own regarding his funeral and memorial services. A new policy at the funeral home my daddy wanted to be taken to requires payment upfront before taking on services. We were not expecting this and now have to graciously and thankfully ask for any and all help that anyone may be able to offer. My family is hurting, we lost our backbone of the family, he was our glue and led our family so strongly and with so much pride. We want to give my dad a beautiful service and fulfill his wishes for this unfortunate event in our lives. I ask that if you can, any donation is so greatly appreciated and helps my family tremendously. We love my daddy so much and we know he is happy and safe and at home with our Heavenly Father. Thank you all so much for your love and support during this time. We love each and every one of you.
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