Facing a vehicular homicide trial, Percy Thompson decided instead to plead guilty in the case involving the 2009 car wreck that killed 3-year-old Darius Buchanan.
Thompson was sentenced to 11 years in prison for the vehicular homicide by intoxication charge and another year for leaving the scene of an accident involving a death, according to the district attorney’s office. Thompson must serve the sentences consecutively.
Prior to the plea bargain, Thompson’s trial was set to begin Monday morning.
The accident happened around 1 p.m. on Oct. 31, 2009, after Thompson lost control of his car near Brick Church Pike and Ewing Drive. Witnesses later told police Thompson had been driving erratically at a high rate of speed just before it spun out and crashed into a vehicle in which Buchanan was a passenger.
Buchanan had been belted into child seat in the back seat but died from his injuries.
Thompson tried to run from the scene but police caught him shortly afterward. Investigators said Thompson’s blood alcohol content was nearly three times the legal limit.