Author charged with DUI in fatal crash in Virginia

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 18, 2014 at 11:00 am •  Published: August 18, 2014
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An acclaimed journalist and author was in jail without bond Monday on charges of driving under the influence stemming from a crash that killed a 75-year-old Virginia man.

Donovan James Webster, 55, of Charlottesville could face additional charges after an investigation into the Thursday crash in Afton, according to the Albemarle County Police Department. Authorities said the wreck killed Wayne Thomas White of Waynesboro, and it involved two vehicles and a tractor trailer. Webster was driving one of the vehicles, but police declined to provide further details on the wreck in Afton, just outside Charlottesville, which is 70 miles northwest of Richmond.

Webster is a former senior editor for Outside magazine and has written for The New Yorker, National Geographic and other magazines.

He also has written several books, including "Meeting the Family: One Man's Journey Through His Human Ancestry," ''The Burma Road: The Epic Story of the China-Burma-India Theater in World War II" and "Aftermath: The Remnants of War," a collection of essays on the effects of war plaguing civilians long after the conflicts. In 1997, the book won the Gelber Prize, one of biggest prizes in the world for books on international issues. He traveled to France, Russia, Vietnam, Kuwait, and a weapons testing site in Nevada to gather information for his book.

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