Man gets 18 months in prison for deadly crash
By Blake Belden, Staff Writer
Jan 24, 2014, 10:38
CHESTERFIELD — A Colonial Heights man will serve 18 months in prison for the involuntary manslaughter of his friend who died as a result of a drunken driving accident in June 2013, according to Robert Fierro, assistant commonwealth’s attorney for Chesterfield County.
Aaron Blane Christy, 30, pleaded guilty in Chesterfield Circuit Court in October in the death of Andrew N. Burhman, 29, also of Colonial Heights, who was riding as a passenger when the crash occurred on June 8, 2013, near 18110 Branders Bridge Road in Chesterfield.
Christy, an Iraq war veteran, was sentenced on Monday to a total of five years in prison, with a suspension of three years, six months that will be in effect for the rest of his life, Fierro said.
The sentence also includes an indefinite
supervised probation, a revoked driver’s license for an indefinite period of time, getting any recommended treatment by the Department of Veteran Services upon his release and paying any related court costs, Fierro said.
According to a police report, on the night of the accident, Christy and Burhman had been drinking at the friend’s house before going to Longstreet’s Deli in Petersburg. Christy told the police that he had a couple of drinks and did not want to drive. He said he remembered leaving the club, but later nothing else other than pain in his arm.
According to Fire and EMS, Christy’s car left the road and flipped several times before landing on its roof. Air bags deployed but Burhman was not wearing a seatbelt. He suffered head trauma and died at the scene, according to the medical examiner.
A police report says Christy was trapped inside the vehicle with his arm pinned under the vehicle. He was alert and knew the time, date and place.
When authorities informed Christy at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center that Burhman did not survive the crash, Christy was in disbelief that he killed his best friend and told police that he would “cooperate fully and take responsibility for what happened.”
Christy’s blood alcohol content was 0.16 percent, two times the legal limit, according to the Virginia Department of Forensic Science. Burhman’s blood alcohol content was 0.20 percent.
Online court records show Christy has had numerous charges related to speeding and alcohol.