Driver Faces Homicide Charge in Fatal Crash

A 29-year-old Sterling man has been indicted for felony homicide in a March 8 fatal crash in Sterling.

The wreck happened just after 7 p.m. at the intersection of Potomac View Road and Algonkian Parkway. The Virginia State Police investigator said that Patrick Ryan Hitzelberg failed to yield the right-of-way at the intersection and struck a vehicle. Hitzelberg was arrested at the scene and charged with driving while intoxicated and possession of marijuana.

Six days after the crash, an occupant in the other vehicle, Steven Kimmel, died from his injuries.

On Monday, a Loudoun grand jury handed up indictments of felony homicide, involuntary manslaughter, DWI-third offense, and possession of marijuana.

According to court documents, Hitzelberg told the trooper that he had consumed three beers before the crash. After failing roadside sobriety tests and refusing a roadside breath test, his blood-alcohol content was recorded at 0.12, over the legal limit of 0.08 at the Adult Detention Center.

A three-day trial has been scheduled in the case, starting Nov. 13.

The charge of felony homicide is defined as an accidental killing, contrary to the intention of the parties, while in the prosecution of another felonious act. It is second-degree murder, punishable by five to 40 years in prison.

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