Cameron T. Prince, 30, of Ashburn, was denied bond in a hearing Tuesday after being charged with involuntary manslaughter following a Fourth of July crash.
Prince was reportedly traveling northbound on Randolph Drive toward Prentice Drive in Sterling around 11:30 p.m. on July 4 when he failed to negotiate a curve and crossed his rented 2019 Dodge Charger into the southbound lanes before leaving the roadway, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office. The vehicle became airborne before crashing into a tree, authorities said.
A passenger in the vehicle, 31-year-old Tunisia S. Rasul of Ashburn, was taken to Reston Hospital, where she died from her injuries. Prince and Rasul were living together at the time of the incident.
The bond hearing was presided over by Judge Deborah Welsh of Loudoun County General District Court.
Defense Attorney Thomas Soldan opened the hearing by noting Prince’s involvement in his community, particularly his time spent as a youth sports coach and his status as a businessman involved in property management. Soldan requested that Prince be released on bond, stating that he could either live with family in Chesapeake or remain in Loudoun County.
Soldan argued Prince is not a flight risk and that he would not pose a threat to himself or the community.
Several of Prince's family members were in the courtroom to show their support for the defendant, who appeared in the courtroom via a webcam.
Prosecutors with the commonwealth’s attorney’s office launched witness testimony from Investigator S. Allen of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, who stated that speed was a factor in the crash, as evidenced by the nearly 50 feet of tire marks on the pavement leading up to the vehicle’s final resting place.
According to Allen, no alcohol was found inside the vehicle. However, a bag containing a "leafy, green substance" resembling marijuana was discovered in the car.
Prosecutors noted Prince’s established history of drug use and previous speed-related driving offenses.
Judge Welsh referred to a self-report written by Prince in which he said he uses marijuana daily — including the day of the incident — before denying the bond request.
The next hearing on the matter is scheduled for Aug. 22.