LOUISA COUNTY - The man who killed a couple riding on their motorcycle had been drinking before getting behind the wheel, Louisa County Commonwealth's Attorney Rusty McGuire said.
Kenneth Wadford pleaded guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter, hit and run and driving on a revoked license.
On June 22, Wadford had spent the day drinking with friends at a campground. He then got behind the wheel and within a mile, he ran over O'Neal Newman and Joyce Herriot, who had slowed down to make a turn while riding on a motorcycle.
McGuire says Kenneth Wadford was going 54 miles per hour when he hit the couple.
"He hit it with such force that it literally made the van look like it hit a telephone pole," he says. "The couple actually died side by side, lying on the ground almost holding hands.
Wadford didn't even have a driver's license at the time of the crash because of a previous dui conviction.
When his van broke down, Wadford took off into the woods, leading police on a two day manhunt. He was arrested after venturing out of the woods and into a nearby convenience store.
"I talked to the family members and they needed closure because they had difficulty understanding how someone could run over their loved ones and almost treat them like animals and then disappear into the woods for two or three days," McGuire says. "The judge needs to carefully consider what is the appropriate sentence in this case when you lost two loved ones treated like dogs and then you run off."
Wadford is facing a total of 31 year behind bars. He'll learn his fate in January of next year.
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