Man gets four years for crash

Published 10:41 pm Tuesday, March 19, 2019

A North Carolina man pleaded guilty last week and was sentenced to serve four years on charges stemming from a May 26, 2018, crash at the Mills Godwin Bridge in North Suffolk.

Kryshien Carlton Billings Jr. pleaded guilty to two counts of maiming while driving under the influence and one count of first-offense driving under the influence. Two other charges, driving while license is suspended or revoked and reckless driving, were not prosecuted as part of a plea agreement.

Billings was observed by an off-duty detective prior to the crash speeding and swerving, according to court documents. The detective reported the incident but temporarily lost sight of the vehicle, coming upon it again after the crash.

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Billings had hit another vehicle carrying a man, woman and their two children, who were on their way home from seeing a movie. The woman, who was driving, was able to tell the officers on scene that the other vehicle came into her lane of travel. She attempted to avoid it, but it hit her at an angle. The family’s vehicle flipped three times before coming to rest.

Billings told medics that he was driving “real fast” and had drank “a lot” prior to the accident. According to court documents, Billings’ blood alcohol level was approximately .187.

The woman in the other vehicle suffered internal injuries and has had several surgeries, the court documents state. Part of her intestines was removed, and she now has to take medication to help with digestive issues for the rest of her life. She continues to attend physical therapy.

The couple’s son also suffered severe injuries, including several broken bones. His femur was replaced with a metal rod, and he now has a permanent limp when he walks, according to the court documents.