United States police have added five new criminal charges against Jeffrey Brooks, the 18 year-old driver who was charged with killing a cyclist and critically injuring another with his SUV automobile in August in the State of Virginia. 

On 14 November the following new charges were brought against Brooks as a result of a thorough police investigation of the deadly crash: 

  • Aggravated involuntary manslaughter 
  • Driving while intoxicated maiming 
  • Driving while intoxicated first offense
  • Two counts of causing serious injury/death to a vulnerable road user

According to a police statement, these new charges are in addition to the initial charges filed against Brooks in August of involuntary manslaughter and driving while intoxicated.

On Saturday 13 August Brooks was driving a Ford Explorer SUV when he ran over amateur cyclist Carla “Jonah” Holland, 49, while she was on an early morning training ride. His SUV also hit Holland’s training partner Natalie Rainer, critically injuring her. Rainer has since been released from the hospital and is facing a long recovery.

Police reports from the crash scene indicate Brooks said he drank beer and ate edible drugs before getting in and driving the SUV on the day of the crash. Police also stated he seemed to be hallucinating during their interactions and “talking to individuals that were not present.”

After being denied bail, Brooks must remain in jail until his trial, which has not been scheduled.

Photo credit: Henrico County Sheriff’s Office