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Spotsylvania driver charged with DUI in fatal wreck

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A Spotsylvania County man is accused of driving under the influence after a Memorial weekend crash that killed a passenger in his car.

Deputies responded to the 11500 block of Brock Road at 10:46 p.m. Saturday for reports of a crash, said Lt. Eddie Peck of the Sheriff’s Office.

When units arrived, they found a single-vehicle wreck along the two-lane road just south of State Route 3, Peck said in a release on Thursday.

The occupants of the vehicle were transported to Mary Washington Hospital, where a passenger in the vehicle died as a result of injuries suffered in the crash, Peck said.

The name of the deceased has not been released and the investigation is continuing, he said.

The driver, 44-year-old Timothy B. Burke, is charged with driving under the influence and “unreasonable refusal” to take a blood test.

Additional details will be released when possible, Peck said.

The Spotsylvania death was one of eight fatal crashes across Virginia during the Memorial holiday weekend. The other fatal crashes occurred in Brunswick, Charles City, Cumberland, Giles, Hanover, Northumberland and Scott counties.

According to Virginia State Police, troopers issued 13,829 tickets for speeding and another 3,136 for reckless driving statewide. In addition, troopers arrested and charged 142 drivers for DUI.

Troopers also cited 1,241 safety belt violations and 340 child-safety seat violations.

Police investigated a total of 463 traffic crashes, eight of which were fatal.

Of the eight people who were killed, seven were wearing seat belts, state police reported.

“Our figures indicate there were 10 fewer traffic crashes this Memorial Day weekend compared to 2013, which is encouraging considering the forecasts for record travel volume over the holiday,” said Virginia State Police Superintendent Col. W. Steven Flaherty. “However, more than 140 individuals still chose to drive impaired, several thousand chose to speed, and more than 1,200 failed to buckle up.”

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