A 19-year-old Williamsburg man was killed late Friday night in a head-on collision on Richmond Road with another driver who was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, according to Virginia State Police.
Around 11:45 p.m. Friday, State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Barnes and Richmond roads in northern James City County.
Christopher V. Mellis, 19, of Williamsburg, was dead at the scene, according to state Police Sgt. Tim Brown.Matthew R. Burch, 36, of New Kent, was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol, said Brown. Burch is being held in the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail without bond.
Mellis was traveling north on Richmond Road in a 1996 Chrysler Cirrus when he was struck head-on by a 2002 Jeep Liberty, which was heading south, said Brown.
Investigators believe the Jeep Liberty crossed over the center line into the northbound lane, said Brown. "Both vehicles came to a rest in the northbound lane," Brown said.
According to court documents, the DUI charge was Burch's third such offense, making it a felony.
He was arraigned on those and other charges in Williamsburg-James City County District Court on Monday.
Burch was also arraigned on the following misdemeanor charges, according to court records:
* possession of marijuana, second offense;
* refusal of blood/breath test, third offense;
* operating an uninsured vehicle;
* and operating a vehicle with a radar detector or jamming device.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun