No bond for Knoxville man charged with DUI in fatal Frederick County crash

No bond was granted for the Knoxville, TN man charged amid a fatal DUI crash in Frederick County on Monday.

Virginia State Police said they responded to the scene on I-81 at the 316 mile marker shortly before 11 p.m.

Troopers found a 2018 Toyota Highlander reportedly driven by 54-year-old Kenneth Bireta was traveling north on I-81 when it ran off the left side of the road into the median. The Highlander flipped several time, and when it came to a rest, it was in the southbound lanes, VSP reported.

A 2019 Nissan Rogue that was heading southbound collided with the Highlander, and the driver of the Rogue, 60-year-old William F. Allison of Martinsburg, WV died at the scene. He was not wearing a seatbelt, VSP reported.

Bireta was wearing a seatbelt but suffered serious injuries although non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to Winchester Medical Center.

After his release from the hospital, Bireta was charged with DUI and possession of a schedule I/II drug. He was as transported to Northwestern Regional Jail and denied bond.

A bond hearing was set for yesterday, and Bireta appeared via video from Northwestern Regional Jail, where is still being held without bond, the Frederick County General District Court Clerk’s Office confirmed.

Bireta was provided a court appointed attorney and is scheduled to return to court July 30th for the trial on the misdemeanor DUI. That day will also serve as the preliminary hearing for the felony drug possession charge.

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