Driver charged in drunken Chesterfield crash that killed 20-year-old

Chesterfield County

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WRIC) — A 20-year-old was killed by an alleged intoxicated driver on Hopkins Road and Meadowdale Boulevard in Chesterfield early Sunday morning, police said.

Chesterfield authorities said 20-year-old Francisco J. Beltran Perez was driving a 2008 Honda Civic traveling west on Meadowdale Boulevard around 2 a.m. when he ran a red light a struck a 2012 Toyota Scion TC. The Toyota was traveling south on Hopkins Road. The driver, 20-year-old Justus M. Taylor, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Taylor’s mother, Crystal Taylor, told 8News her son could light up a room.

“He was the best big brother! He loved the Patriots, playing cornhole, baseball and bowling,” C. Taylor told 8News Reporter Talya Cunningham.

Photo of Justus M. Taylor celebrating Christmas. (Photo: Crystal Taylor)

Beltran-Perez was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police said he was issued summonses for driving under the influence and no operator’s license. He remains hospitalized.

Police continue to investigate this fatal crash.

On Thursday, August 20, Chesterfield Police said they have charged Beltran-Perez with DUI, involuntary manslaughter. The 20-year-old was also served with a warrant for unlawful possession of alcohol and disregarding a traffic light. He is being held at Riverside Regional Jail.

20-year-old Francisco J. Beltran Perez is being held at Riverside Regional Jail. (Photo: Chesterfield Police)

Anyone with information should contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660 or through the P3 app.

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