Involuntary manslaughter added to charges against Hampton crash suspect

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) – Lennie Bulonza Perry, who was accused of a DUI in August that killed someone, is facing another charge now – involuntary manslaughter, according to authorities.

Hampton Police responded to the intersection of Magruder Boulevard and Hampton Roads Center Parkway around 10:45 p.m. on Aug. 16, after receiving reports of a serious crash. When they arrived, officers found 53-year-old George Edward Neselrod, Jr. of Hampton suffering from life-threatening injuries. Medics pronounced him dead at the scene.

According to Hampton Police Sergeant Jason Price, Neselrod was driving southbound on Magruder Boulevard in a Ford Escort when the car crashed into a Ford Explorer, driven by 49-year-old Lennie Bulonza Perry, who was turning left from the northbound lanes of Magruder Boulevard onto Hampton Roads Center Parkway.

Police charged Perry, 49, with driving under the influence of alcohol, third or subsequent offense after the accident.

Perry was also arrested in Hampton eight days prior to the crash that killed Neselrod. Sgt. Price said Perry was charged with driving while intoxicated in Hampton on August 8. That was also a DWI third or subsequent offense. WAVY.com found a DWI second offense charge in Newport News in 2004 through online court records. Perry was charged with DWI second offense within five years in Virginia Beach in 2008 as well.

The new warrant was served to Perry on Sept. 12 for one count of involuntary manslaughter. He remains in custody with the Hampton Sheriff’s Office.

“Eddie” Neselrod was a City of Hampton employee. City spokeswoman Robin McCormick said Neselrod had worked for the Parks and Recreation Department in Special Events since the beginning of the year. McCormick said he often worked on the technology side of special events. In his short city career, he had already been promoted.

McCormick spoke on behalf of the Parks and Recreation Dept. on Monday, saying, “He had a big impact, personally and professionally, in a short amount of time with the city of Hampton. They’ll miss him.”

McCormick said Neselrod was on his way downtown to help out at the Downtown Hampton Block Party when the crash happened.

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