Pulaski man found guilty of manslaughter

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Driver enters plea in case of crash that killed Hillsville woman in 2012.

By Staff Reports

PULASKI — A Max Meadows man entered a no contest plea in Pulaski County Circuit Court last Friday, in connection with a Virginia 100 crash last September that killed a 26-year-old Hillsville woman.
Dustin Keith Hodge, 24, was charged with involuntary manslaughter by direct indictment last November, two months after the Sept. 15, 2012, accident that killed Misty Dawn Davis, according to police reports and court records.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office deputies that responded to the wreck scene found that a 1995 Acura Integra driven by Hodges left the road while traveling north.
The vehicle went into the median and rolled several times, ending up in the southbound lanes of 100.
The crash resulted in Davis being ejected from the front passenger seat. Pulaski County authorities said Davis died at the scene.
A second passenger, Justin Presgraves of Dublin, was also thrown from the vehicle but survived his injuries.
Authorities reported that high speed was a factor in the crash.
A no contest plea means that a defendant acknowledges that the prosecution has enough evidence to obtain a guilty verdict.
Involuntary manslaughter is a class 5 felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
The court set a sentencing hearing for Nov. 18.