According to local authorities in Wytheville, Virginia, multiple drug charges have been added to the criminal charges outstanding against Jamie S. Richardson, 40, of Trap Hill, North Carolina, stemming from the truck crash this past Monday on Interstate 81.
Police say that Richardson was driving his tractor-trailer truck, hauling 50,000 pounds of strawberries, northbound on I-81, when he crossed the median into the southbound lanes. The tractor-trailer then overturned, landing on top of a pickup truck being driven by William Persinger of Covington, VA.
As a result of the crash, Richardson, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was taken to the Wythe County Community Hospital for emergency room treatment for minor personal injuries. Persinger, who was taken to the same hospital, suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries in the trucking accident.
Authorities originally charged Richardson with reckless driving and he received a citation for not wearing his seatbelt. After some investigation, police have now added four drug possession charges against Richardson, including possession of marijuana, synthetic cannabinoids, drug paraphernalia and of a controlled Schedule I or II substance.
Richardson has been released on bond. Investigations are ongoing into the circumstances surrounding the truck accident.
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