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Motorcycle Operator Convicted Of Vehicular Manslaughter

Blue Ridge Parkway

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The operator of a motorcycle whose passenger was killed in an accident on the parkway last summer has been convicted of vehicular manslaughter. Plateau District rangers were called to the scene of a single motorcycle collision on the park on August 267, 2011. The operator of the motorcycle was identified as David Simmons and his passenger was identified as a Pamela Mullins.  The motorcycle was travelling north when it collided with a stone median that separates the northbound and southbound lanes.  Both Simmons and Mullins were ejected from the motorcycle.  Mullins was pronounced dead at the scene and Simmons was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Both Simmons and Mullins were under the influence of alcohol when the collision occurred. Multiple charges were filed on Simmons by the state. The collision was investigated by rangers, Botetourt County Sheriff’s Department officers, and by the Blue Ridge Regional Crash Team. Earlier this month, Simmons was found guilty of vehicular manslaughter in Botetourt County District Court. Sentencing is scheduled for November 8th, at which time Simmons’ will be sentenced to 18 months in jail.



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