Police Say Drunk Driving Caused Fatal Wreck on Route 6

March 29, 2013

Albemarle County Police say a fatal head-on crash Friday afternoon on Route 6 was caused by drunk driving.

Police say Jerry Christopher Johnson, a 47-year-old from Esmont, was driving a pickup truck under the influence. Then police say Johnson crossed the yellow line and hit a Chevy Malibu.

The driver of the Malibu, 26-year-old Andrew Lawhorne, from Schuyler, was killed.

Johnson was flown to the University of Virginia Health Center. He was seriously hurt, but he is expected to recover.

Police say he faces charges of DUI and other charges. They say Johnson was also speeding at the time of the crash.

Drivers in the area say Route 6 can be a dangerous stretch of road.

"A lot of people travel the road and you can go 65," said Tammy Roberts.

"If you live here, you would know how the roads is," said Mark Rush. "If you've not lived here, some of the curves are dangerous."

Route 6 is not very heavily-traveled in the area of the crash. It averages about 940 cars per day, which is about one car per 90 seconds.

The wreck shut down Route 6 for several hours Friday night. It reopened at about 9 p.m.

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