Prison sentence for fatal DUI crash on George Washington Memorial Parkway
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A man from Alexandria will spend two-and-a-half years in prison for a fatal DUI crash.
According to a release, 22-year-old Samuel Meyer was intoxicated and had used drugs prior to driving his truck more than 50 miles per hour over the speed limit and crashing into a tree.
That crash killed a front seat passenger in the truck, who was identified as 19-year-old Michael Cunningham.
Court documents show that around 5:45 p.m. on May 31, 2020, Meyer was driving his Toyota Tacoma south on the George Washington Memorial Parkway, which is federal land.
Near Mt. Vernon Circle, the road curves and Meyer lost control of the truck.
He went off the roadway and crashed into the woods.
The release says the crash occurred with such force that the skin of the passenger side of the truck was peeled off and the front passenger door was embedded in a tree a short distance from where the vehicle stopped.
Cunningham, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken to the hospital but he died of his injuries.
Meyer and a passenger from the backseat of the truck both suffered minor injuries in the crash.
Blood samples were collected from Meyer about three and a half hours after the crash, which showed that his blood alcohol content was 0.09, above the legal limit even several hours after the crash.
Tests also found benzoylecgonine (the metabolite of cocaine), THC (the psychoactive compound in marijuana), and cocaethylene, which forms in the liver when cocaine and alcohol coexist in the bloodstream.
The electronic data recorder showed Meyer was driving 85 miles per hour at the time of the crash, in an area where the posted speed limit is 35 mph.
The release says no evidence was found that Meyer had tried to stop by applying his brakes. Evidence was found that the gas pedal was being pressed for the five seconds immediately before the crash.
Officials report the road was clear and dry at the time, and the vehicle was in proper working order.
And they say both Cunningham and the other passenger has asked Meyer to slow down just before the crash occurred.
Meyer has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for manslaughter.