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Man charged in DUI crash that killed Chesapeake student, injured another pleads guilty

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Nearly a year after a fatal car accident claimed the life of a Great Bridge High School senior and severely injured another, the driver of the car responsible entered a guilty plea.

Jerode Johnson is charged with involuntary manslaughter, maiming as a result of DUI, felony hit and run resulting in a death, DUI 1st offense and driving on a suspended operator's license.

Jerode Johnson was arrested in May 2017 after police say he hit Kaitlyn Duffy's SUV head-on.

According to police, Johnson was drunk when he lost control of the furniture truck he was driving on Indian River Road.

Duffy, who was only weeks away from graduating high school, died from her injuries. Her passenger, Sabrina Mundorff was severely injured but survived the crash.

Johnson is facing a maximum of 47 years behind bars. He pleaded guilty to Aggravated Manslaughter, DUI Maiming, Hit and Run, Possession of Cocaine, DUI and Operating on a Suspended Operators License.

His sentencing is scheduled for September.

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