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UPDATE: Truck Driver Sentenced in Fatal DUI Crash

Published: Nov. 21, 2009 at 10:23 PM EST
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UPDATE: 4/14/11

WINFIELD, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A truck driver has been sentenced after being drunk behind the wheel, when he crashed into a car full of teenagers.

Brezeale Norris was sentenced to 2 to 10 years on the charge of DUI causing death. He was also sentenced to one year for DUI causing injury and another year for causing injury.

All sentences will be served consecutively.

In November 2009, Norris' big rig hit a car with four teens inside along I-64 near Teays Valley.

18 year-old James Roberts died after the crash, three others were hurt.


UPDATE: 2/18/11

WINFIELD, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A truck driver has admitted to being drunk behind the wheel, when he crashed into a car full of teenagers.

Brezeale Norris pleaded guilty Friday, to DUI causing death and DUI causing injury.

In November 2009, Norris's big rig hit a car with four teens inside along I-64 near Teays Valley.

18 year-old James Roberts died after the crash, three others were hurt.

His trial had been delayed twice and a mistrial was declared back in December over juror misconduct.

His sentencing is set for April 14th.


UPDATE: Thursday, May 6, 2010

WINFIELD, W.Va. (WSAZ) A truck driver accused of driving drunk and crashing into a car full of teenagers was back in court Thursday.

Police say Breazeale Norris hit a car along Interstate-64 in Teays Valley in December 2009. One person died in the accident, three were hurt.

Thursday, the trial was moved from June to August so attorneys could hire someone to reconstruct the accident.

Also Thursday, the defense asked if the jury could go out to the scene during the trial.

Norris was charged with DUI causing death and leaving the scene of an accident.


UPDATE: January 4, 2010

PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The truck driver accused of driving drunk and crashing into a car full of teenagers in Putnam County appeared in court on Monday.

Breazeale Norris waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Police say Norris was driving drunk when his tractor trailer hit the car along Interstate 64 near the Teays Valley exit ramp. The accident happened back in November.

James Roberts, 18, of Putnam County, died in the accident. Three others were injured.

Norris' case is now headed to the Grand Jury.


UPDATE: Tuesday, December 1, 2009

WINFIELD, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man accused in the drunk driving death of a teenager and injuring three others has to wait until Friday for his preliminary hearing.

Breazeale Norris appeared in court Tuesday only to have the magistrate tell him his attorney didn't appear for the hearing and a new one would be appointed.

Attorney Joe Reeder is expected to appear in court with Norris Friday at noon.

Police say Norris was driving drunk two weeks ago in the eastbound lanes of I-64 near the Teays Valley exit ramp.

Norris has been arraigned on several charges, including DUI causing death.

James Roberts died in the accident. He was 18 years old. Another teen injured in the crash appeared in court Tuesday, along with several family members of those involved in the accident.

Norris is a tractor trailer driver from Indianapolis, Indiana.


UPDATE: Tuesday, November 24 @ 3:45pm

PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The charges against the driver of a semi involved in a deadly accident in Putnam County have been upgraded.

Putnam County Sheriff's Deputies tell WSAZ.com Breazeale W. Norris, 57, of Indianapolis, has been arraigned on several charges, including DUI causing death.

Norris has also been charged with three counts of leaving the scene of an accident causing injury, one count of DUI in a commercial vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident causing death.

Norris was driving the tractor trailer that collided with a car Saturday night along Interstate 64 in Putnam County.

James Roberts, 18, of Eleanor died at a local hospital early Tuesday morning. Three others were injured, including two juveniles.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, November 24 @ 2:30pm

PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- One of the people involved in an accident where a tractor trailer collided with a car along Interstate 64 has died.

Putnam County Sheriff's Deputies tell WSAZ.com James Roberts, 18, of Eleanor, died early Tuesday morning at a local hospital.

The accident happened just after 10:00 p.m. Saturday in the east bound lanes of Interstate 64 near the Teays Valley exit ramp.

Deputies say the driver of the tractor trailer was charged Monday in the case. Breazeale W. Norris, 57, of Indianapolis, was charged with DUI causing injury and DUI with a commercial driver's license.

More charges are expected to be filed in the case.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the very latest information.

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UPDATE: Monday, November 23 @ 10:30am

PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Putnam County Sheriff's Department is still investigating an accident where a truck collided with a car on Interstate 64.

The accident happened just after 10:00 p.m. Saturday in the east bound lanes of Interstate 64 near the Teays Valley exit ramp.

Deputies tell WSAZ.com James Roberts, 18, of Eleanor, Brian Bess, 18, of Red House, and two juveniles were all in the car.

All four were taken to the hospital. The driver of the tractor trailer was not hurt.

As of Monday morning, Roberts was still listed in critical condition at CAMC. According to a hospital spokesperson, Bess was treated and released.

Deputies are not releasing the names of the two juveniles or their conditions.

The Putnam County Sheriff's Department is trying to reconstruct the accident to find out exactly what caused the accident.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the very latest information.


ORIGINAL STORY

PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va (WSAZ) -- An accident on I-64 has forced emergency crews to close the east bound Teays Valley exit ramp Saturday night.

Dispatchers say a tractor trailer collided with a car and there are some serious injuries.

Emergency crews on the scene say four people were in the car, and all four were taken to the hospital.

Their names and conditions have not been released yet.

The accident happened just after 10:00 p.m. Saturday.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for more information.