Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Virginia State Police Charge Colonial Williamsburg CEO with Reckless Driving for October Incident


WILLIAMSBURG — Colonial Williamsburg Foundation President and CEO Cliff Fleet was charged on Wednesday with Reckless Driving for an October incident in which a 21-year-old William & Mary student walking on Richmond Road was struck and left with life-threatening injuries.

“At the request of the James City County Commonwealth’s Attorney, Virginia State Police has charged a Richmond man involved in an October 2023 crash that injured a pedestrian in James City County,” Virginia State Police said in a statement. “On May 22, 2024, state police served Clifford B. Fleet, III, 54, of Richmond, Va., with one count of reckless driving.”

A preliminary investigation in October by the Virginia State Police (VSP), asked to assist at the request of the city, revealed that Fleet was operating a 2023 Audi SUV eastbound on Richmond Road when he struck the student in the crosswalk at the intersection of Richmond Road and Armistead Avenue. Fleet was not injured in the crash and remained on the scene, according to VSP.

The pedestrian, 21-year-old Rosemary T. Raynal of Raleigh, North Carolina, was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

Reckless driving is a class 1 misdemeanor and carries a possible jail time of up to 12 months and up to $2,500 in fines, however, those charges could be lowered based on the circumstances of the case.

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