Driver in fatal crash indicted on drug charges
A Montgomery County grand jury has handed down an indictment on a drug charge for a man who was also the driver in a crash last year that killed his 9- and 10- year-old cousins.
The grand jury finished its work Tuesday evening and returned 203 total indictments, said Commonwealth’s Attorney Brad Finch. Among them was Derrick Wade Lynn, 30, of Shawsville, who was indicted on one charge of manufacturing a controlled substance, which is a Class 5 felony.
The charges from the grand jury stem from a Sept. 16 arrest. He is set to enter a plea on the charge March 12.
Wade was arrested again Sept. 28 after police served a search warrant in his mother’s home. While serving the warrant, police found ”two plastic bags containing white powdery substances and a piece of rubber tubing,” according to the search warrant. The warrant stated that materials found were consistent with the “shake and bake” method of manufacturing methamphetamine. He is set to appear in court on this charge April 2.
On June 21, during a heavy downpour, James Cates, 10, and Katrina Howard, 9, died from injuries they received after a car driven by Wade, their uncle, drove off the side of Alleghany Spring Road near Mount Pleasant Road and struck a tree and a utility pole. No charges were filed in connection with the crash, though investigators found smoking accessories and materials used to make methamphetamine.
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