Two Nelson County residents have been charged in a March crash that killed a 16-year-old girl, according to the Virginia State Police.
Zachary W. Debilzan, 22, of Amherst, and Kelsea N. Boyer, 18, of Arrington, both face obstruction of justice charges for lying to state troopers about who was driving the vehicle on March 11 when the crash occurred on Oak Ridge Road near Diggs Mountain Road.
Debilzan originally identified himself as the vehicle’s driver, but police said they determined Boyer was driving when the wreck happened.
Debilzan’s 1999 Acura Integra was traveling west on Oak Ridge Road about 1:05 p.m. on March 11 when it ran off the right side of the highway. The driver over-corrected, which caused the vehicle to cross back into the roadway and cross over the center line. The driver over-corrected a second time, which caused the vehicle to run off the right side of the highway again. The vehicle then struck an embankment and a tree, spun around and overturned.
Neither Debilzan, Boyer nor the 16-year-old was wearing a seat belt.
Debilzan suffered minor injuries in the crash. Boyer was transported to the University of Virginia Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries. The 16-year-old died later that day at the UVa Medical Center.
Debilzan is charged with two counts of allowing an unlicensed person to drive; having no insurance; making a false report to law enforcement; and obstruction of justice.
Boyer was charged with reckless driving; driving an uninsured vehicle; not having proof of insurance at a crash scene; two counts of driving without a license; two counts of obstruction of justice; two counts of making a false report to law enforcement; not wearing a seat belt; failing to have a juvenile secured in a seat belt; and three vehicle equipment violations.
Boyer was released on bond. Debilzan was cited and released.