Craddock pleads guilty in fatal crash

Published 11:06 am Wednesday, February 1, 2017

A 59-year-old Charlotte County Court House man pled guilty to driving while intoxicated (DWI) and aggravated involuntary manslaughter on Jan. 25 in Charlotte Circuit Court.

Tyree Craddock was sentenced to one year in jail for the DWI charge and 20 years for aggravated involuntary manslaughter, according to the Virginia Courts Case Information database.

The judge suspended Craddock 15 years of his 20-year sentence per a plea agreement, meaning he’ll serve six active years in jail, according to Charlotte County Commonwealth’s Attorney Bill Green.

The judge also placed him on supervised probation for three years and indefinitely suspended his license, according to the database.

“The suspended portion of the sentence is conditioned upon 20 years good behavior and supervised probation for three years upon his release from incarceration,” said Green.

The trial had been delayed from its original Dec. 14 date due to scheduling conflicts with two witnesses.

The guilty plea came over one year after the initial Dec. 19, 2015 car accident in which Craddock, who was reportedly intoxicated, overcorrected while driving his 1993 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck, striking a vehicle operated by Wylliesburg resident Irving L. Goode, 46.

Goode died from injuries sustained in the crash, according to Virginia State Police.

According to police, the accident occurred on state Route 608. There were three other passengers in Goode’s vehicle at the time, and all were transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

Craddock received minor injuries in the crash.

Craddock was arrested over six months later on June 10, according to the database.

The arrest was delayed as prosecutors waited for state police investigators to collect additional evidence and a medical examiner’s report to be released.

Green said a blood alcohol test performed on Craddock determined his blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to be .201 percent. The BAC result was more than double Virginia’s legal limit of .08 percent.

Between the two charges, Craddock accrued $741 in costs, according to the database.

Driving while intoxicated is a class one misdemeanor, punishable by up to 12 months in jail, a fine of up to $2,500 or both.