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UPDATED: Man accused in the deadly Interstate 581 wreck scheduled to enter plea

Published On: Jul 19 2013 04:29:23 AM EDT   Updated On: Sep 06 2013 12:00:00 AM EDT

Drunk driver takes plea deal in deadly crash.


The man accused of setting off a fiery chain reaction crash on Interstate 581 is scheduled to enter a plea.

Timothy Wellons will enter a plea Friday at 12:30 p.m. in Roanoke Circuit Court.

Wellons is charged with manslaughter and other counts in connection with the fiery wreck on Interstate 581 a few months ago.


The man accused of setting off a fiery chain reaction crash on Interstate 581 will stay in jail.  A judge Friday denied bond for Timothy Wellons.

During Friday's hearing, prosecutors said Wellons' blood alcohol level was 0.38 an hour after the crash that killed two other drivers.  Prosecutor Wanda DeWease said a toxicologist told her most people become unconscious at 0.35 and death can occur at 0.45.  DeWease said Wellons purchased a bottle of Smirnoff vodka from an ABC store the morning of the crash.  A similar bottle was found in the back seat of Wellons' car after the wreck on June 12.  Prosecutors say Wellons was on the way to pick up his son at the time of the crash.

Wellons' mother testified that she would put her house up as collateral if Wellons was released.  She also said she would make sure he entered a 90-day, inpatient treatment program.

The judge denied the bond request.  Wellons' trial on manslaughter and other charges is scheduled for October.


There's a bond hearing set for Friday for the man who's accused of causing a huge wreck on Interstate 581 in Roanoke.

At the hearing at 2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, a Roanoke judge will determine how much money Timothy Wellons must pay to get out of jail.

Police say he was driving drunk when he rear-ended a truck last month.

That truck crossed into oncoming traffic and hit another truck.

They both caught fire and both drivers died.
581  was closed for hours.

WDBJ7 will let you know what happens at the bond hearing later Friday.