Additional charges in Feb. 7 crash that killed Jerry Matthew Minkins

A Mathews man faces additional charges in connection to a Feb. 7 drunk-driving crash that killed Jerry Minkins. 

New charges for Robert Paul Twiddy, 32, include felony homicide, DUI, third or subsequent offense and driving after forfeiture of license, all filed on July 17. 

He remains in Virgnia Peninsula Regional Jail, where he was being held on the original charges from the fatal crash - DUI and DUI involuntary manslaughter.

Police allege Twiddy was speeding, drunk and driving on the wrong side of the road when his pick-up slammed into Minkins' Cadillac head-on earlier this year. Neither man was wearing a seat belt.

Minkins, 50, was pronounced dead at Riverside Doctors Hospital after the on collision on Pocahontas Trail near James River Elementary School.

Twiddy was flown to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries. 

At the hospital, authorities measured Twiddy’s blood alcohol level, which was at .155, which is over .08, the point at which a driver is legally considered too drunk to drive. The drugs alprazolam, commonly known as Xanax and lorazepam, another anti-anxiety drug, were also in Twiddy’s system, according to court documents.

Approximately 254 people were killed in DUI crashes in Virginia in 2013, according to the most recent information available on fatal crashes with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

According to his obituary, Minkins lived in Williamsburg and was a member of Little Zion Baptist Church. He worked for Farm Fresh supermarkets for several years and was a store director when he died.

Reach Michele Canty at or (757) 345-2341.

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