Suspect arrested in fatal Brambleton crash

Published: Sep. 18, 2019 at 4:35 PM EDT
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Kenneth Inger has been arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter for the death of Thomas "Pete" Orr in a crash on Brambleton Avenue in Roanoke in September.

Inger is being held without bond.


Roanoke County Police have named the suspect in the fatal Brambleton Avenue/Garst Mill Road crash from September 10.

According to the police, Kenneth Inger, 57, of Roanoke, is awaiting charges.

After analyzing the crash scene, police told WDBJ7 the driver of a Volvo sedan was heading south on Brambleton Avenue and rear-ended the victim's car. The victim was identified as Thomas "Pete" Orr, 48.

According to search warrants obtained by WDBJ7, Orr was stopped in his van in the left hand lane, waiting at a red light. The affidavit says Inger was driving the Volvo that hit Orr from behind.

Police write the victim's van "was st[r]uck with such force that it propelled the van across the intersection where it st[r]uck a utility pole."

The document says "Mr. Inger was traveling at a high rate of speed," and that the posted speed limit in the area is 35 miles per hour. Police have since collected surveillance video, taking USB drives from at least four businesses in the area.

One such business nearly a mile away told police it had video of the suspect vehicle driving fast just before the crash happened. But the investigation has apparently also made its way into Roanoke City.

Another document found in the Roanoke City Courthouse shows police also collected medical records from Carilion Clinic where Inger was taken after the crash. The search warrant says in follow-up interviews with police, Inger "admits to smoking marijuana before driving his vehicle." They also searched Inger's home in Roanoke City, where another warrant says police collected several bags of a green, leafy material.


Roanoke County Police have identified Thomas Orr II, 48, of Roanoke as the victim of the fatal crash Tuesday at Brambleton Avenue and Garst Mill Road.

According to police, the driver of a Volvo sedan was heading south on Brambleton Avenue and rear-ended the Toyota Orr was driving, causing the Toyota to leave the road and hit a utility pole.

The victim died at the scene.

The Volvo continued south along Brambleton and struck a Cadillac, pushing it into a pickup. The Cadillac's driver was taken to a hospital and has since been released. The pickup's driver was not injured.

The driver of the Volvo was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Everybody involved was wearing seat belts.

According to Roanoke County Police, speed accompanied by drugs and alcohol may be responsible for the crash. Charges are pending and the case is being investigated.

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