The driver of the pickup truck in which 16-year-old Logan McKiernan was fatally injured last fall has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving and four other driving- or drinking-related charges.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Peter Luke this week filed the charges against Charles Edward Climo, 18, of Sperryville, in Rappahannock County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. (Although Climo is legally an adult, the juvenile court will hear the case because he was 17 at the time of the accident.)
Both Kimberly and Michael McKiernan, parents of the Rappahannock High School junior and football player who died in the 2:15 a.m. wreck on Whorton Hollow Road, said Tuesday they would have no comment on the charges – which did not include, as some had expected, a more serious manslaughter charge.
A law enforcement source familiar with the case said the manslaughter charges might not have been supportable by Climo’s blood alcohol and breath test results. Apparently neither test was taken until the State Police caught up with Climo several hours later, at Fauquier Hospital.
Luke declined to comment on the charges against Climo, which also included underage possession of alcohol, underage drinking, driving after midnight when under 18, and driving on a seven-month-old license with more than one passenger.
According to reports filed with the court documents this week, Climo, McKiernan and Matt Fletcher were coming from a party at a friend’s home, Climo told investigators. Climo first said he’d swerved to avoid hitting a deer, and that he had not been drinking. Later, according to the state police report, he admitted having several drinks at the friend’s home.