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Alonza Jefferson, 46, killed in collision with alleged drunk driver Matthew Pernell, 27, on Route 288 in Chesterfield, Virginia

Modified Date: 
Mon, 06/12/2017 - 5:53pm
Accident Date: 
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Man facing third DUI charge in crash that killed father of two

"He's a great family man, his daughter and son and his wife," said Todd Evan, the general manager at TruGreen. "It's a huge loss to us."

Pernell was arrested and charged with his third DUI in the case. He is also facing a charge of involuntary manslaughter.

‘I miss him so much,’ Family mourns loss of father killed by suspected drunk driver

“There's no reason for anyone to get behind the wheel after they've been drinking, especially with a history of DUIs. It’s just not acceptable,” said Destani.

“If this saves one person's life, then it’s worth it… It's just really important for us to show what happens when you do something like this."

Driver who killed Chesterfield father was 3 times over legal limit

Pernell faces up to 25 years behind bars in prison. The judge set a sentencing date at 9 a.m. on Sept. 25.   

Type: Car Accident
People Involved: 
Alonza Jefferson
Matthew Pernell
Route 288

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