HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) -
The man who is accused of driving a car into the Chickahominy River in early February that resulted in the death of two sisters is now facing new charges.
The Henrico County Commonwealth’s Attorney said Monday that charges have been upgraded against Andrew Taylor Walters. He is now being charged with two counts of Felony Murder, 2 counts of Involuntary Manslaughter and one count of Felony Hit and Run.
It was just before 10 p.m. on Feb. 3, when an officer pulled Walters over because he was allegedly driving erratically near the intersection of East Williamsburg Road and Elko Road. Two female passengers were also inside the vehicle. Officials said during the traffic stop Walters suddenly fled at a high speed.
Officers were not able to catch up with him. About 30 minutes later, the Henrico County Division of Fire was called to the intersection of East Williamsburg Road and White Oak Road after a vehicle crashed into the Chickahominy River. The car was later identified as the one police had been chasing earlier in the evening.
The female passengers, 15-year-old Amanda Irby and Jessica Gallmeyer, 27, both of Sandston, were in the car when it crashed into the water. They were transported to the hospital in critical condition and both later died.
Walters, 23, was arrested Feb. 4 about a mile from the crash site. He was charged with 2nd Offense Drive while Operator's License is Suspended, Felony Disregard the Signal of a Law Enforcement Officer to Stop (Eluding) and Providing False Information to a Law Enforcement Officer.