The juvenile driver of a deadly Roanoke County accident has been released from the hospital and is facing charges.

Dominique Young is charged with 2 counts of involuntary manslaughter and 1 count unauthorized use of a vehicle.

Young was driving the car that crashed along Merriman Road, near Cave Spring High School, around 4:45 a.m. on November 11. Police say he lost control of the car because he was going too fast.

The two men in the back seat, 18-year-old Danial Buckner and 20-year-old Cody Elliot, died in the accident.

Young was treated at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for critical injuries sustained in the wreck, but has since been released.

The only person who was wearing a seat belt was the front seat passenger, who was able to crawl out of the car at the time of the accident.

Young is currently detained at Roanoke Valley Juvenile Detention Center.


Two weeks after a deadly car accident in her front yard, one neighbor along Merriman Road near Cave Spring High School says: enough.

Katie Dralle has lived at the corner of Merriman Road and Chaparral Drive for eight years but says she's considering moving because she doesn't feel safe in and around her home.

She's made plea's to the Virginia Department of Transportation before, but after this most recent crash, she's hoping they'll finally do something to make it safer.

"I have not let him sleep down there since the accident," Katie Dralle said.

15 days ago, just feet from where he sleeps, a car nearly flew into his room.

"That car should have come through that house, and it didn't because it got stuck on the retaining wall," Dralle said.

The two men in the back seat, 18 year old Danial Buckner and 20 year old Cody Elliot died in the accident.

The driver, 17 year old Dominique Young was critically injured and the front seat passenger walked away.

Police say Young lost control of the car because he was going too fast.

Dralle says people going too fast and losing control through this residential stretch of Merriman is all too common.

"We've had to replace our mailbox, our neighbors have had to replace their mailbox and trash cans and tearing up the grass and things," Dralle said.

"With the residents living so close to each other people crossing, walking their dogs, just walking in general. It's very dangerous for the people who live along Merriman," said Charlotte Moore.

Moore is the Cave Spring representative on the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors. 

She's known Merriman is a problem.

"There's a lot of speeding. I've heard from parents over the past few years," Moore added.

Whether the fix is lowering the speed limit or adding stop signs to the intersection Dralle says she's adamant about seeing something done.

Speeding is such a big concern here because there are more cars coming through.

According to VDOT, traffic here increased by 1100 cars daily, likely since the nearby Clearbrook Wal-Mart and South County Library opened up.

VDOT last studied this intersection in 2005 and will likely look at it again to see if any long term fixes need to be made.