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Police: Broad Street drunk driver kills Henrico man in wrong-way crash

Posted at 10:56 AM, Mar 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-12 23:32:28-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- A Henrico man was killed after another driver hit his car head-on, according to Henrico Police.

Richard Whiteside, 71, of Henrico County, died Friday, March 6, four days after the March 2 crash closed West Broad Street.

Whiteside was driving a Lexus RX westbound on West Broad Street, near Stillman Parkway, at about 9:21 p.m. when the driver of a Chevrolet Silverado hit his car head-on, according to police.

Allyson Carter was one of many who witnessed the crash and jumped in to help.

"We jump out of the car run over there and we tried to open the door of the truck," Carter said. "I still can hear that sound, boom."

"[The] Chevrolet Silverado was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes," Henrico Police spokesperson Lt. Lauren Hummel said. "The Chevrolet side-swiped [a Ford-F150] and hit the Lexus head on."

Ruben Adolfo De Leon Valenzuela

The driver of the Silverado, Ruben Adolfo De Leon Valenzuela, was charged with aggravated assault and maiming while DWI, according to police. He suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Speed and alcohol were factors in the crash, investigators said.

CBS-6 legal expert Todd Stone says his charges will most likely be upgraded to involuntary manslaughter.

A passenger in the Lexus suffered a non-life-threatening injury. The driver and passenger in the Ford were uninjured.

Henrico Sheriff Mike Wade tells CBS 6 that De Leon Valenzuela is an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala. He says that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will send an ICE warrant to hold him.

De Leon Valenzuela was due in court Monday morning.

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