Deshazor Everett, a defensive safety for Washington Commanders, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter following a car accident that killed his girlfriend Olivia Peters just two days before Christmas.
According to reports, Everett, 29, was driving in Virginia’s Loudoun County on Dec. 23 with Peters when the car suddenly veered off the road, hit several trees, and rolled over. Both were rushed to nearby StoneSprings Hospital, where Peters, also 29, died from her injuries. Everett was treated for non-life-threatening injuries for the better part of a week.
On Tuesday, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office announced that it had filed charges against Everett for one count of involuntary manslaughter. Lawyers for the football player said he turned himself in on Tuesday and was later released on bond.
New Details in Death of Olivia Peters
In their statement, Loudoun County sheriff’s deputies said they decided to charge Everett with Peters’ death after their probe found that he was allegedly driving over 90 miles per hour — more than twice the posted speed limit — “just prior to the crash.”
“The investigation determined that Everett and his passenger, Olivia Peters of Las Vegas, Nevada, were traveling north on Gum Spring Road near Ticonderoga Road in a 2010 Nissan GT-R, when around 9:15 p.m., the vehicle left the right side of the roadway, struck several trees, and rolled over,” the sheriff’s office added.
In January, just a little over two weeks after the crash, a bystander’s harrowing 911 call was obtained and published by TMZ.
While the original caller said he could not see any “obvious injuries” at the scene, another witness who took the phone was heard saying that Everett was “trapped” in the car, and that his car was “trapped in the trees.”
Peters died within hours from injuries sustained during the accident. Her boyfriend spent four days hospitalized following the crash, during which time he was placed on Washington’s reserve chart.
It remains unclear what caused the accident.
Who Was Olivia Peters?
Olivia Peters graduated from Our Lady Of Good Counsel High School in 2010. She then attended University of South Carolina for her undergraduate degree and Shenandoah University for her Master’s Degree in OT.
Deshazor Everett Faces Jail Time
According to Loudoun County officials, Everett turned himself in to sheriff’s deputies just after they issued a warrant for his arrest on Tuesday.
The 29-year-old was charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter for Peters’ death, a class five felony under Virginia’s criminal code. He was released almost immediately after posting $10,000 in bail money, TMZ reported.
Legal sources claim that, if convicted, Everett could face up to a decade behind bars, as well as $2,500 in fines and a revoked or suspended license for any length of time.
His lawyers issued a statement following his arrest on Tuesday.
“Mr. Everett voluntarily appeared earlier today at the Loudoun County Magistrate’s Office where he was served with a warrant for involuntary manslaughter,” attorney Kaveh Noorishad wrote.
“Shortly thereafter, he was released on bond,” Noorishad continued. “Our team continues to investigate this matter as we intend on vigorously defending Mr. Everett against these allegations. We continue to ask that judgment be reserved until all facts are fully investigated and litigated in the proper forum.
“At this time we cannot comment any further due to the pending litigation,” the lawyer added.
The Washington Commanders organization, which continues to employ Everett, issued a statement of its own after the charges were made public.
“We are aware of these charges and are continuing to monitor the situation,” the team’s front office said. “We will have no further comment at this time.”
Everett has played with the Commanders, then the Redskins, since 2015. He was picked up as a cornerback but was made a safety ahead of the 2016 season. More recently, the team re-signed him on a two-year, $2.60 million contract with a $250,000 signing bonus in 2018.