Man charged in deadly Route 460 accident puts in Alford plea

Posted at 8:45 PM, Feb 06, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-10 10:32:15-05

Ronald Quesenberry has put in an Alford Plea on four charges that he’s facing after a deadly accident on Route 460 last summer.

That means he’s not admitting that he’s guilty but acknowledges that there’s enough evidence to convict him.

Ronald Quesenberry made a plea for several charges this morning including involuntary manslaughter, driving with a suspended license, reckless driving, and driving a car without an ignition interlock system.

Police say he caused a crash that killed 48-year-old Tommy Rush.

Two tractor trailers and six cars were involved in the wreck. Tommy rush was a truck driver who was transporting grain in a trailer.

When the accident happened, his stepdaughter tearfully spoke with NewsChannel 3.

“Because he was such a good driver, I would never in a million years imagine that my dad would die in a trucking accident,” she told NewsChannel 3.

Rush’s stepdaughter sent NewsChannel 3 a statement:

“Our family is aware of the outcome of today’s proceedings regarding my dad’s case, as we have been working closely with the Commonwealth Attorney’s office over the last few weeks to seek the best outcome for all the victims and witnesses involved.
Although we were more surprised by the maximum sentencing times allowed for the crimes to which the plea was accepted in comparison to higher sentences for lessor crimes, justice is being served.
It is a very sad day and difficult time for all involved, and nothing will change what has been lost and the impact that this has caused.
We would like to thank the team for their time, sincerity and speedy efforts to bring this to a resolution. We thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and concerns. We too offer our thoughts and prayers to all others whose lives are being affected by this unfortunate event.”

Prosecutors say Quesenberry’s murder charge will be continued until his sentencing in May then most likely be withdrawn.

He’s facing 17 years behind bars.


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