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Woman faces probation violation after DUI charge

Linda Salgado

Linda Salgado

A woman who killed a Stafford County man in 2010 while driving under the influence on U.S. 17 has been accused of drunken driving again.

Linda Ann Salgado, 54, of Haymarket is charged with violating her probation by being arrested on a new DUI charge on July 4 in Stafford.

A judge Thursday set an Oct. 17 trial date in Stafford Circuit Court on the probation violation charge.

If convicted, Salgado would face the possible re-instatement of the seven years and eight months that were suspended when she was sentenced on DUI and aggravated involuntary manslaughter charges in June 2011.

Salgado, who was released from prison on Nov. 20, is also facing a Sept. 11 preliminary hearing in Stafford General District Court on the new DUI charge and another felony charge of possessing a stun gun as a felon.

She is being held without bond in the Rappahannock Regional Jail.

Salgado, formerly a nurse, was ordered to serve three years and four months in prison for the June 10, 2010, accident that killed 44-year-old Troy Wayne Curtis of Stafford.

According to the evidence, Salgado had a blood-alcohol content of .16—twice the .08 limit at which one is presumed drunk in Virginia—when she drove her GMC Sierra south in the northbound lanes, striking a Ford Ranger driven by Curtis.

Curtis, who was less than a mile from his home in the Hartwood area, was struck head-on and died at the scene.

A witness saw Salgado’s vehicle weaving all over the road just before the impact. She passed one vehicle before hitting Curtis.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404