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Driver charged in son’s death
By Blake Belden, Staff Writer
Mar 26, 2014, 11:27

PRINCE GEORGE — A driver is facing several felony charges following a crash that killed his 7-year-old son last year on Interstate 95 in Prince George.

Jeffrey Higgs Jr., 28, of Accoceek, Md.,  is charged with five felonies including aggravated involuntary manslaughter, driving while intoxicated, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, child abuse with reckless disregard for life and the failure to stop in the event of an accident, according to court records.

He was denied bond during a court hearing March 18 in Prince George Circuit Court and is currently being held at Riverside Regional Jail.

On Nov. 29, 2013, at approximately 9:11 p.m., Virginia State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 95 North at the 39 mile marker.

Higgs crashed a 2009 Nissan Maxima when he ran off the left side of the roadway, overcorrected and ran off the right side of the road striking into several trees, police said.

There were two passengers in the car, Tyli D. Ajuan Higgs, 7, who died at the scene and Higgs’ 3-year-old daughter who was transported to the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center with minor injuries.

Higgs was also transported to the VCU Medical Center following the accident.

Authorities found more than 21 grams of marijuana in Higgs’ vehicle, separated into three different plastic bags, according to a report filed by the Department of Forensic Science.

Court records indicated that Higgs had in-laws who live in Emporia.

His trial date is set for May 29.

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