Andalusia man guilty of manslaughter after fatal wreck | Crime
An Andalusia man has been found guilty of manslaughter for the deaths of two women in a 2007 car crash that happened in Covington County. David Worth Wiltshire, 49, was convicted by a jury in Covington County Circuit Court Wednesday following a trial that began on Monday.
Christie Wright Still of Evergreen and Deanna K. Ingram Van Gieson of Theodore were killed in the crash.
“I am pleased that this jury reached a verdict that holds this defendant responsible for the decisions and actions he took that tragically cut short the lives of two women,” said Attorney General Luther Strange.
Witnesses testified that Wiltshire was driving recklessly and speeding on U.S. Highway 84 in the city of River Falls on March 1, 2007, when his vehicle crossed over the centerline into the westbound lane and struck a vehicle driven by Van Gieson. Still was a passenger in Wiltshire’s car and she died at the scene. Van Gieson died two days later at Andalusia Regional Hospital. State troopers calculated that Wiltshire was driving 73 miles per hour and that the other vehicle was going 45 miles per hour.
The Attorney General’s Office presented evidence at trial to show that Wiltshire was driving under the influence of a controlled substance, driving with a revoked license, driving recklessly, speeding, and on the wrong side of the road. One witness testified that he had swerved to keep his car from being hit by Wiltshire before crashing into Van Gieson’s vehicle.
Wiltshire faces a potential penalty of two to 20 years imprisonment for each of the two counts of manslaughter, a class B felony. Sentencing is set for January 10, 2012.
INFORMATION SOURCE: Alabama Attorney General's office