Update: Sentencing Hearing Continued in Fiery I-581 Crash

Timothy Wellons

Roanoke, VA - The families of two men killed in a fiery accident on I-581 this past summer will have to wait a few more months to find out how much time Timothy Wellons will get behind bars.

A defense motion was granted Wednesday morning that will delay Wellons' sentencing until January 27th. Wellons pleaded no contest last month to two counts of aggravated involuntary manslaughter, DUI and assault in deaths of Paul Alexander of Salem and Kenneth Graham of North Carolina. The two truck drivers were killed when they slammed into each other, nearly head on, after Wellons hit one of the trucks.

Evidence presented at the plea shows that Wellons' blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit at the time of the wreck. Numerous witnesses say Wellons was speeding and driving erratically down 581 when he made contact with one tractor trailer, forcing it into oncoming traffic.

Wellons faces 42 years in prison after the judge found there was enough evidence to convict.


Roanoke, VA - The Roanoke man who pleaded guilty to driving drunk and causing a deadly crash on I-581 is appearing in court Wednesday for his sentencing.

In September, Timothy Wellons pleaded no contest to four charges connected to the accident that happened in June.
He faces up to 42 years in prison.
Wellons' sentencing is set for 2 p.m.
We will have a crew in the courtroom and will bring you the latest.

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