VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A Norfolk man will spend almost a decade in prison for a fatal crash he caused while driving under the influence.
On Monday, Circuit Court Judge Edward W. Hanson Jr. sentenced 41-year-old Jason Seth Sergent to 9 years and 10 months in the Department of Corrections for aggravated involuntary manslaughter and DUI-BAC .15-.20 while transporting a child.
Sergent pleaded guilty to the offenses on October 7, 2013, according to Macie Pridgen with the Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.
Pridgen said the Commonwealth’s evidence proves that on June 8, 2013, Sergent was driving his truck on Princess Anne Road around 5 p.m. with his 5-year-old son in the the backseat. He hit two vehicles in the flow of oncoming traffic.
Sergent’s child was uninjured, but he caused fatal injuries to John William Hutchison and fractured ribs to Hutchison’s wife. Pridgen said the couple had celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary just four days before the crash.
“When police arrived at the scene, they noticed that Sergent had a strong odor of alcohol, bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred speech, and was swaying and stumbling,” Pridgen said. “He could not provide his driver’s license to the officers. He failed all three attempted field sobriety tests. Sergent told the officers he drank two beers; however, two open 24-ounce Icehouse beers and eight additional empty beer cans were found in the car.”
Additionally, Sergent’s BAC was .19, and investigators found video of him buying beer from multiple 7-Eleven stores throughout the day.
“This case is another example of the pain and misery drinking and driving can have on the victims and the community,” said Commonwealth’s Attorney Colin Stolle. “Drunk driving is a preventable crime that will not be tolerated in Virginia Beach.”
Judge Hanson’s sentence for Sergent, which also includes a $1,000 fine, is two years above the high-end of the Virginia State Sentencing Guidelines, Pridgen said.