Case continued for driver charged with DUI manslaughter in fatal crash

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Trinity King, the woman who officials says was behind the wheel of a car involved in a fatal crash outside of Waynesboro on Oct. 25, 2018, was scheduled to be in court earlier Tuesday afternoon.

King's hearing in Augusta County General District Court was continued, but court records show she has another hearing in August.

Among other charges, King is charged with two counts of aggravated involuntary manslaughter.


UPDATE (Oct. 29, 2018):

There are new updates about the fatal car crash that happened on Hermitage Road outside of Waynesboro earlier this month.

According to search warrants, the driver of the Jetta is charged with two counts of DUI manslaughter, reckless driving, driving a motor vehicle while intoxicated, child abuse and possession of controlled substances.

Police believe that controlled substance is meth. A doctor found a small plastic bag in the woman's bra, which the warrant says is a known way of transporting drugs. Police say they also found a container in the car filled with a white crystal substance near cotton swabs and straws.

Augusta County Commonwealth's Attorney Tim Martin says the investigation is still ongoing.

"There is laboratory work to be done," Martin said, "there's laboratory analysis of blood and also other laboratory analyses that need doing to determine what, if anything else was in the system of the driver."

As the investigation continues, more charges could be filed. However, Martin could only confirm that there are two counts of DUI manslaughter against the driver, who he identified as Trinity King.

According to Senior Trooper G.D. McCoy Jr., who's leading the investigation, King, a 25-year-old Staunton woman, was driving a 2012 Volkswagen Jetta south on Hermitage Rd. (Rt. 254) when she crossed the center line into the northbound lane in the 3200 block, not far from Henkel Road.

A 49-year-old Staunton man driving a 2001 Chevy Silverado was heading north and swerved to the right to try and avoid the oncoming Jetta, but was still struck nearly head-on.

King was airlifted to UVA Medical Center, where she is undergoing treatment for serious injuries. Police say she was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Since she remains in the hospital, charges against her have not officially been filed yet.

Her passenger, 27-year-old Terry L. King, of Waynesboro, was also not wearing a seat belt and died at the scene.

According to police, there were three boys in the backseat. A 6-month-old infant secured in a car seat was taken to Augusta Health for treatment of minor injuries. A 5-year-old and a 2-year-old were not secured in child safety seats. The 5-year-old was taken to UVA Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries. The 2-year-old died at the scene.

The Staunton man who had been driving the Silverado was taken to UVA Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries. He was wearing a seat belt.