Court Documents Show Driver had THC in System

A Virginia television station has reported that court documents show the truck driver who drove a garbage truck into the path of an Amtrak special last January carrying Republican Congressmen had THC in his system on the day of the incident.

The documents say that 31-year-old Dana Naylor had THC — the psychoactive component from marijuana — in his system on the day of the crash.

The documents show a urine test was positive for THC at a 606 level at the time of the Jan. 31 incident that killed a passenger in the truck and left another person seriously injured.

A medical doctor at the University of Virginia said Naylor’s test didn’t just come back positive, but that the levels were also elevated.

“It’s certainly gonna make a screening test positive, which makes them do a confirmation test, right?” said Dr. Chris Holstege “It’s above what the cut-offs typically are for screenings, so now I have a level that’s elevated, and significantly so.”

Holstege told the TV station there is no question marijuana was in the driver’s system at the time of the accident.

“They certainly did marijuana,” Holstege said. “The question then comes — how often marijuana? If you’re a chronic user, that can impact your driving, right?”

Naylor was indicted by a Virginia court for manslaughter and DUI maining. He is set to go to trial next February.

The TV station, WVIR in Charlottesville, said in its report that there is no target number for THC like there is with alcohol content in the body.

The station said this gap in the law makes it difficult to say whether a driver was impaired at the time of the crash.

“It’s hard to interpret, and especially from urine to go back and say ‘yes that level’s really high, that must have meant that they were inebriated at the time of the accident,’” Holstege said. “You really can’t do that.”

WVIR said neither Naylor’s attorney or a prosecutor would comment on the pending case.

The Amtrak special was en route from Washington to the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia where the GOP lawmakers were to attend an annual political retreat.

The train was following the route of Amtrak’s Chicago-New York Cardinal.

None of the Congressman suffered serious injuries beyond bumps and bruises.

The crash occurred on the Buckhingham Branch Railroad at at a grade crossing near Crozet, Virginia.

Earlier, a judge denied a request from Naylor’s attorney to +suppress the evidence from a blood test.

The attorney argued the test was obtained in a misleading way.

The test was ordered after a detective said several hours after the collision that he smelled alcohol on Naylor.

The defense attorney said EMTs on the scene didn’t notice an odor at the time of the crash, but a judge agreed with a prosecutor who said the defense didn’t present enough evidence to get the information from the blood test thrown out.

In a preliminary report the National Transportation Safety Board said Naylor drove around the railroad crossing gates, ignored signals that a train was coming, and ended up on the tracks as the train arrived.

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