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Manslaughter Charges Certified Against Bedford Woman

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Lynchburg, VA - A grand jury will hear the case against a Bedford woman accused of driving drunk and killing two people on Timberlake Road back in April.

Thursday, a Lynchburg judge certified two involuntary manslaughter charges against Amy Phillips.

Phillips never spoke but began to cry when prosecutors showed pictures of the victims as well as the crash scene.

They called several witnesses to the stand, including one woman who claims to have seen Phillips driving 85 to 90 miles per hour just minutes before the wreck.

John Hawkins and his passenger, Garry Moore, better known as Eddie, died at the scene on April 21.

Lynchburg police say they were turning left onto Misty Mountain Road off of Timberlake when she barreled into them at 71 miles per hour.

Prosecutors dropped the DUI charge against Phillips despite a blood alcohol test that determined she was above the legal limit. They say it will make the case move faster through the court system. Although they haven't ruled out bringing back the DUI charge later on.

"The purpose of not going forward with that charge today was really just to keep the process streamlined and cleaner and to not lose focus on the fatalities at this point," said Rebecca Wetzel, Asst. Commonwealth's Attorney.

On July 2, a grand jury will decide whether Phillips' case goes to trial. Until then, she remains free on $50,000 bond.

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