Teen driver charged with killing Henrico cyclist, injuring another

Cyclist killed was 'greatly valued' member of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden team
Posted at 1:58 PM, Aug 13, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-15 08:05:53-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- An 18-year-old driver was charged with driving under the influence and manslaughter in a crash that killed a bicyclist and critically injured another rider in eastern Henrico County Saturday morning.

Officers were called to the intersection of Osborne Turnpike and Village Field Lane around 7:15 a.m. for a crash involving an SUV and two bicyclists, Lt. Matthew Pecka with Henrico Police said.

"Two bicyclists and a Ford Explorer were traveling South on Osborne Turnpike near the entrance to the Village at Osbourne Community when the crash occurred," Pecka said. "The Ford SUV... struck both bicyclists, who were identified as adult females."

 Cyclist killed on Osborne Turnpike in Henrico County.
Cyclist killed on Osborne Turnpike in Henrico County.

One of the bicyclists, 49-year-old Carla "Jonah" Holland of Richmond, died at the scene, according to police.

The other rider was taken to VCU Medical Center and was in critical condition at last check, Pecka said.

"Both bicyclists were wearing protective cycling equipment," Pecka noted.

Carla "Jonah" Holland
Carla "Jonah" Holland

Holland worked at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden for more than 14 years and was a "greatly valued" member of the team, Beth Rilee Monroe, the botanical garden's chief marketing officer, said.

"She guided the Garden to recognition as a leader in social media. Through building relationships, she created a sense of community and belonging," Monroe wrote. "She inspired her colleagues and countless others. Our hearts go to out to her family and friends, whom she loved dearly. We grieve with them."

 Cyclist killed on Osborne Turnpike in Henrico County.
Cyclist killed on Osborne Turnpike in Henrico County.

The driver of the SUV, Jeffrey Brooks of Richmond, remained on the scene, according to Pecka.

Brooks was charged with manslaughter and driving under the influence.

He is being held without bond at the Henrico County Sheriff’s Office.

"Our thoughts are with the families impacted by this tragic incident," Pecka wrote.

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can email to send a tip.



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