- Special Sections
- Public Notices
Two men, charged with aggravated involuntary manslaughter in separate cases, have been indicted by the August grand jury in Bedford County.
Michael Wayne Jenkins, 27 of Bedford, was indicted for aggravated involuntary manslaughter, assault on medical personnel and felony hit and run.
Jenkins is charged with hitting a bicyclist on Va. 122, near Va. 24 on March 21 and then leaving the scene of the accident. Sean McQuaid, the bicyclist, died from his injuries the next day.
Deputy Common-wealth’s Attorney Wes Nance has said that Jenkins’ arrest came as the result of a long chain of events. Nance said Jenkins called 911 later that day and reported that his pickup truck was on fire. When firefighters arrived, he got into a disagreement with them as to how they were proceeding and allegedly pushed them a couple of times. He also allegedly threw gravel at an ambulance, but a charge of throwing objects at an occupied vehicle were not pursued. as the ambulance was not damaged and nobody in the ambulance was injured.
When law enforcement officers were called to the scene, and arrested Jenkins, they noticed an SUV parked in the driveway that matched the description of the one that allegedly hit McQuaid.
Jenkins was charged the next day for felony hit and run.
Steve Malotey Oulds III
Indictments against Steve Oulds, of Lynchburg, were also handed down by the grand jury.
Oulds faces charges stemming from the death of James Dale Gunter in a single vehicle crash last year near Coleman Falls. Oulds has been accused of driving the car. The accident occurred on U. S. 501 on Aug. 18, 2013.
Oulds was indicted on charges of DWI and aggravated involuntary manslaughter.
During a preliminary hearing earlier this summer, Robert Scott, of Coleman Falls, testified that he was driving on a curvy section of U. S. 501 that day, late in the afternoon, when he saw a car, coming toward him, go sideways across the yellow line in front of him, hit the guard rail, flip over, end-over-end, and go down an embankment.
Oulds was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital and a blood sample was drawn, for police evidence. Dr. Trista Wright, of the Virginia Department of Forensic Science, testified at the preliminary hearing that the sample indicated a blood-alcohol level of 0.17, more than twice Virginia’s legal limit of 0.08. An additional screening found no evidence of drugs.
The question, in the case, is who was driving. The Commonwealth alleges that Oulds was driving.