- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

ELLISTON, Va. (AP) - The father whose 3-year-old daughter died when his car collided with a train in Elliston is now facing a harsher charge.

The Roanoke Times reports (https://bit.ly/1QLvZ2F) 26-year-old Austin Scott Lilly was originally charged with involuntary manslaughter after police said a substance was found in his blood following the March 2015 collision. But after looking at the evidence, prosecutor Mary Pettitt says her office added an aggravated involuntary manslaughter charge.

The crash happened when Lilly’s car collided with a train at a private crossing. Marlee Dawn-Rickman Lilly was killed in the crash.

Norfolk Southern spokeswoman Susan Terpay says the train’s horn was sounded “well in advance and as the train was immediately approaching the crossing.”

A search warrant shows Adam Lilly’s blood contained THC the night of the crash.

Lilly’s trial is March 28.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, https://www.roanoke.com

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