Man charged with DUI following Wednesday deadly crash

James Thompson (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of Norfolk Police)
James Thompson (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of Norfolk Police)

NORFOLK — A man has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol following a deadly pedestrian crash Wednesday night on North Military Highway.

Police said the driver, James Thompson, 50, stayed at the scene and was not injured. He is being held in the Norfolk City Jail without bond.

Investigators said 39-year-old Jonathan Justice was trying to cross the street in the 800 block of North Military Highway around 10:40 p.m. when he was struck by a northbound Dodge Caravan.

Justice died at the scene. There were no other vehicles involved.

Police said additional charges against Thompson may be pending.

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John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.