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Viars charged with involuntary manslaughter

An involuntary manslaughter charge has been filed against a Max Meadows man in connection with a September wreck in Fairlawn that claimed the life of a Floyd County man.
Jerry Wayne Viars, 35, of Major Grahams Road at Max Meadows faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the Class 5 felony. The statute under which Viars is charged alleges Viars was driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the wreck Sept. 28 wreck.
Virginia State Police First Sgt. Mike Honaker said in September that Shawn Brent Gerald, 28, of Suthpin Road in Willis was pronounced dead after being transported to New River Valley Medical Center with "extensive injuries" received in the wreck.
Honaker said Gerald was operating a 2003 Honda CBR 954 northbound on Route 11 when the motorcycle struck the side of a 2004 Hyundai Sonota being driven by Viars. He said Viars apparently was northbound on Route 11 when he attempted to make a left turn onto Round House Road, and pulled into the path of the motorcycle.
The 7:40 p.m. crash occurred near Sheetz in Fairlawn.
Viars sustained minor injuries in the crash and was arrested by Trooper M. A. Newberry for driving under the influence of alcohol.
A preliminary hearing in the case has been set for Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. in Pulaski County General District Court.
In September, Honaker said a preliminary investigation led police to believe Gerald was driving his motorcycle at a high speed, racing with a Ford Mustang, which left the scene.

Viars charged with involuntary manslaughter

An involuntary manslaughter charge has been filed against a Max Meadows man in connection with a September wreck in Fairlawn that claimed the life of a Floyd County man.
Jerry Wayne Viars, 35, of Major Grahams Road at Max Meadows faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the Class 5 felony. The statute under which Viars is charged alleges Viars was driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the wreck Sept. 28 wreck.
Virginia State Police First Sgt. Mike Honaker said in September that Shawn Brent Gerald, 28, of Suthpin Road in Willis was pronounced dead after being transported to New River Valley Medical Center with "extensive injuries" received in the wreck.
Honaker said Gerald was operating a 2003 Honda CBR 954 northbound on Route 11 when the motorcycle struck the side of a 2004 Hyundai Sonota being driven by Viars. He said Viars apparently was northbound on Route 11 when he attempted to make a left turn onto Round House Road, and pulled into the path of the motorcycle.
The 7:40 p.m. crash occurred near Sheetz in Fairlawn.
Viars sustained minor injuries in the crash and was arrested by Trooper M. A. Newberry for driving under the influence of alcohol.
A preliminary hearing in the case has been set for Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. in Pulaski County General District Court.
In September, Honaker said a preliminary investigation led police to believe Gerald was driving his motorcycle at a high speed, racing with a Ford Mustang, which left the scene.