(Rubicon) A Juneau man was found guilty Thursday of not having a valid driver’s license at the time of a fatal crash three years ago. Following a one-day court trial, Judge Brian Pfitzinger found Robert Underwood guilty on two felony counts of Knowingly Operate a vehicle While Suspended Causing Death and Causing Great Bodily Harm.
Underwood was driving a Land Rover on State Highway 60 in September of 2017 when he crossed the centerline and struck a passing Chevrolet Trax. The Chevrolet’s driver, Beverly Vincent, was pronounced dead at the scene while the passenger, Bryan Vincent, was flown from the scene with serious injuries.
Underwood told investigators that he was coughing and choking which led him to abruptly cross the centerline. It was also revealed that Underwood’s license was suspended at the time of the crash because of a speeding ticket. Underwood said he had paid the fine but when he went to have his license reinstated the line was (quote) “crazy long” and he had an errand to run so he just left.
The 48-year-old is facing no more than three-and-a-half-years in prison. A pre-sentencing investigation was ordered and Underwood is due back in court in September.