Driver in fatal crash gets 3 years in prison

Published 8:06 am Thursday, January 24, 2013



SUFFOLK—Hollyann Heinrich’s father left the courthouse an angry man on Wednesday.

“It’s the worst sentence I’ve ever seen in my life,” said Steve Heinrich. “Three years and two months for killing someone. I think it’s deplorable.”

The sentence was handed down to William Byrum Davis, 28, of Carrsville who admitted he was drunk when he crashed his truck at 1:40 a.m. March 6, 2011, on Glen Haven Drive near Holland and killed Heinrich, 23, of Waverly.

Davis lost control of the 2005 Chevrolet pickup on a sharp curve. Heinrich was thrown. Passenger Dustin Bishop, 25, was seriously injured.

According to a search warrant, a beer bottle and liquor bottle were found in the wreckage. Several other beer bottles were strewn about the yard where the truck landed.

Davis was sentenced for aggravated involuntary manslaughter, maiming while driving drunk and first-offense drunken driving. He will have 10 years of probation after he is released.

Steve Heinrich called the sentence “sickening.”

“I’m not impressed with the court system here,” he said.

Heinrich also suggested Davis got a break because he works for the City of Suffolk.

According to city Chief of Staff Debbie George, Davis was a part-time employee of the Parks and Recreation Department since September 2012. He was fired Wednesday, she said.