UPDATE 18 November 2022: Teenage driver Jeffrey Brooks has been denied bail and charged with five additional crimes.

A teenage driver admitted to police he drank alcohol, ingested “edible” drugs and then drove his car early Saturday morning into two cyclists, killing one and critically injuring another, according to court documents in Virginia, USA.

Jeffrey Brooks, 18, is charged with manslaughter and driving under the influence after police said around 07:00 he hit cyclists Jonah Holland and Natalie Rainer from behind while they were out for a morning training ride. 

Holland, 49, died at the scene and Rainer is under hospital care after she suffered critical life threatening injuries.

Brooks told police around 05:00 he drank a beer before getting behind the steering wheel of his Ford SUV and crashing into the cyclists. He also admitted to making and consuming edible drugs with friends the night before the crash, with police reporting he seemed to be hallucinating during their interactions and “talking to individuals that were not present.”

Brooks, police said, appeared to be “incredibly unsteady on his feet” and “had slurred speech, bloodshot/watery eyes, and dilated pupils even though it was bright outside,” according to court documents. A breath test administered by police at the crash scene showed Brooks had a blood alcohol content of .226, which is eleven times the legal limit for those under 21 years-old.

Holland was an active triathlete and cyclist who recently completed a 400 mile ride in Tennessee along the Natchez Trace Parkway.

Rainer is mountain bike racer and fellow triathlete. In May she finished third at the Middle Mountain Momma race, part of the Virginia Mountain Bike Series. A Go Fund Me page has been set up to aid in her long and extensive recovery.

Photos: Henrico County Sheriff’s Office, Richmond Triathlon Club, Natalie Rainer