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Richmond teacher pleads guilty in DUI crash that killed father of 5

Posted at 2:07 PM, Dec 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-01 17:44:54-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- A Richmond teacher plead guilty to multiple charges Tuesday in connection with a deadly car crash that killed a father of five on Febuary 14, 2020.

Anthoneya Hodges, 27, plead guilty to one count of involuntary manslaughter DUI and one count of DUI 2nd offense.

Detectives said Hodges, a teacher at Armstrong High School, was under the influence when she ran a red light at the intersection of Midlothian Turnpike and Broad Rock Boulevard.

That is when police said Hodges struck an SUV driven by 30-year-old Rakeem B. Bland. Police said the force of the crash caused Bland’s vehicle to flip onto its side. Bland was pronounced dead at the scene.

Prosecutors said Hodges had been out drinking that night, and consumed at least four long island iced teas and at least two other beverages. They said two friends tried to convince her not to drive, but she did not listen.

At the time of the crash, prosecutors said she was accelerating between 80-90 miles per hour and at no time did she apply her brakes. Her blood alcohol content level was recorded almost three time the legal limit at 0.225.

Hodges will be sentenced on February 12, 2021.

According to the Commonwealth's Attorney, Bland’s family hopes for the maximum sentence, up to 21 years, because this is Hodges' second offense.

The Richmond teacher's first DUI offense was in Henrico County on October 9, 2019.

Additionally, prosecutors said Hodges violated her probation on several counts for that Henrico County case, including not getting an ignition interlock device for her vehicle.

The Commonwealth's Attorney and Bland’s family says the fatal crash could have been prevent has she stalled the ignition interlock device.