Oct. 7, 2022
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA – The Chesterfield County Police Department is continuing its "In Memory Of" campaign to encourage safe driving.
Today, the department is releasing a new video in memory of Jordan Barksdale, who died in a crash on Jan. 30, 2021.
Jordan, 23, was driving east on River Road when her Honda CRV was hit head on by a Jeep Grand Cherokee traveling in the opposite direction. The Jeep had crossed the center line, and the investigation revealed its driver had been drinking prior the crash and was using her cell phone at the time of the crash. Jordan, of Chesterfield, was pronounced dead at a local hospital. The driver of the Jeep was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and involuntary manslaughter.
The video, which premiered on the department's social media channels today, features an interview with Staci Barksdale, Jordan's mother, in which she describes the impact and aftermath of losing her daughter.
"There is no excuse for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs," said Sgt. Stephan Rouze, who leads the department's Traffic Safety Section.
"To date in 2022, Chesterfield Police officers have made 1,000 DUI arrests, and we will continue to work tirelessly to keep Chesterfield County's roads safe," Rouze continued. "The Chesterfield County Police Department encourages all motorists to drive sober and put their phone down in Jordan’s memory."
Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxPlZnh05cE