Commonwealth v. Orvon Ross Freeman II; Repeat DUI Offender Sentenced to Four Years in Prison for Collision with Bicyclist
Virginia Beach, Va. – Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Orvon Ross Freeman, II, age 34, of the 800 block of S. Buckingham Court in Virginia Beach, was sentenced yesterday on charges of DUI- Reckless – Victim Permanently Impaired, DUI – 3rd Offense within 10 Years, Hit and Run – Personal Injury, and Driving while License Revoked Due to DWI/Manslaughter/Maiming. Circuit Court Judge Lewis sentenced Freeman to nineteen (19) years in prison with fifteen (15) years suspended, leaving four (4) years to serve, plus a fine of $1,000. His licensed is revoked indefinitely. This sentence highly exceeded the Virginia State Sentencing Guidelines recommendation of no more than two (2) years and one (1) month.
Freeman pled guilty on June 1, 2021. Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth's evidence would have proven that at 1:39 p.m. on October 26, 2020, Orvon Freeman II drove a Ford F150 on Pacific Avenue in the City of Virginia Beach. He struck a woman riding her bicycle at the intersection of Pacific Avenue and 14th Street, throwing her from the bicycle. The bicycle came to rest 28 feet from the initial point of impact. The victim was transported to the hospital where she was treated for a ruptured spleen, lacerated liver, punctured lung, fractured leg, and six fractured vertebrae.
Freeman did not stop at the scene and instead fled onto the interstate. He stopped at a Walmart and fled on foot. His passenger called 911 to report the crash. Freeman was apprehended at a nearby 7-Eleven and police began a DUI investigation. Freeman smelled of alcohol, showed impairment on three standardized field sobriety tests, and admitted to taking over-the-counter sleeping medication and Trazodone the night before. He also admitted to drinking beer that day but claimed it was after the crash. At 5:27 p.m. when brought to the Virginia Beach jail, Freeman provided a breath test sample with a BAC of .13. Experts at the Department of Forensic Science would have testified that his BAC at the time of the collision (1:39 p.m.) would have been between .168-.206.
During an interview with police, Freeman stated, "I understand if a pedestrian is in the crosswalk, you're supposed to yield to them. But at the same time, if you see a vehicle coming down you shouldn't just… you know." He stated he was going 35 m.p.h. (the speed limit); however, the infotainment system in the F150 showed Freeman travelled at 64 m.p.h. as he struck the victim.
Freeman has prior convictions for DUI – BAC .15-.20, DUI, DUI – 2nd Offense within 5 Years – BAC .15-.20, Public Intoxication, and Reckless Driving.
Assistant Commonwealth's Attorneys India L. Richardson and Eleanor J. Gaines prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.