Teen charged in deadly Hanover crash pleads guilty

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The teen charged in a Hanover crash that killed two pleaded guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter in court on Thursday.

He was the driver of the 2001 Dodge pick-up truck that crashed on Cold Harbor Road on April 23, 2016, claiming the lives of Dylan Ballard, 17, and Elliott Hinton, 22. A witness told officers they had been drinking and smoking pot before the crash.

Fleming could face as many as 10 years in jail for each count, or just a fine. According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Tripp Chalkley, this is not a plea deal.

A friend of one of the victim’s, Jordan Goodman, said she is relieved the case is not going to trial.

We’ve had a year to kind of deal with everything and process and just, like, get love and support from the community, and I think that’s helped a lot,” she said. “But, I think that with it not going to trial, I think it’ll help a lot of heartbreak.”

Fleming is currently in jail for violating the conditions of his bond.

His sentencing hearing has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on August 10.

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