Guilty Plea in Fatal Timberlake Road Crash - - ABC13

Guilty Plea in Fatal Timberlake Road Crash


Reporter: Rachel Schaerr | Videographer: Brian Whitesell

Lynchburg, VA - A Bedford woman admitted to speeding and driving drunk when she killed two men on Timberlake Road in April.

Amy Phillips faces a maximum of 21 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of manslaughter and DUI Friday morning.

She avoided the more serious charge of aggravated manslaughter, which could have put her away for twice as long.

Test results show the drivers of both cars were legally drunk at the time.  Phillips' blood alcohol content was .11 shortly after the crash.  The driver of the other car, John Hawkins had a .16 BAC. 

Phillips's attorney says alcohol and speed weren't the only factors.

Prosecutors showed pictures of the bodies, the force of impact, the damage.

"Obviously, the much greater deal of the process is the loss of two young men, two very fun-loving, energetic young men who had all the future in the world ahead of them," said Mike Doucette, Lynchburg Commonwealth's Attorney.

John Hawkins and his passenger, Eddie Moore, were turning left into the Legacy at Linden Park Apartments.

Witnesses claim Phillips was driving 80 to 85 miles per hour just minutes before she struck the two 26 year olds.

Both men died on impact, many more lives changed forever.

"She knows that she messed up the families of those two individuals and her own family because she has a six year-old son," Leight Drewry said of his client.

Phillips's defense attorney says the hill also played a role in that crash. It was a matter of seconds from when the drivers would have seen each other to when the two cars collided.

"It was three tragedies meeting in the middle of a bad intersection." Drewry added.

A judge will sentence Phillips on September 14th.


Lynchburg, VA - A Bedford woman has admitted she was drunk when she crashed into a car earlier this year, killing two men.

Friday morning in Lynchburg Circuit Court, Amy Phillips pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter DUI. She faces up to 21 years in prison.

26-year-olds John Hawkins and Eddie Moore died at the scene on Timberlake Road in April. Prosecutors say Phillips' blood alcohol level was 0.11 shortly after the wreck.

And witnesses said they saw her going at least 80 miles an hour before the crash.

More on this on ABC 13 News later tonight.

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