A Goode man is facing a vehicular manslaughter charge after an April head-on collision in Bedford left a Roanoke woman dead.

Lewis Dane Arthur, 37, was arrested June 26 and charged with vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence and driving with a suspended or revoked license, according to online court records.

On April 6, Arthur was driving south on Virginia 122 when his 2004 Nissan Frontier pickup truck crossed the double yellow line and struck a northbound 1998 Lexus ES 300 sedan head-on. The crash occurred just after 9 a.m. and about a half-mile north of U.S. 460, Virginia State Police said Tuesday.

The driver of the Lexus, Helen Ramsey Parker, 74, died at the scene of the crash. Arthur was transported to a local hospital for injuries sustained in the collision. Both drivers were wearing seat belts, police said.

Arthur’s arrest was pending the completion of a blood test, which took Virginia Department of Forensic Science officials more than a month to complete, according to Bedford County prosecutor John Wheelock.

Arthur is being held at the Bedford Adult Detention Center without bond. He is scheduled to appear in Bedford General District Court for a bond hearing July 10.

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— Richard Chumney

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