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Labor Day weekend is often a busy time in which families and friends gather to celebrate the end of summer. Unfortunately, for two Virginia families, this season will not be as joyful after two loved ones died in a recent car accident.

The rear-end collision occurred when a 23-year-old driver of a Chevrolet pickup truck struck a Subaru Outback. The pickup truck, traveling northbound on U.S. 220, was pulling a trailer, and struck the Subaru in the right lane. Following the impact of the car collision, the driver of the Subaru, age 53, lost control of his vehicle, ran off the road on the right side, going over an embankment and eventually striking a tree. The vehicle overturned on the driver's side with the driver and his 61-year-old passenger inside. Both men died at the scene of the accident. The pickup truck also eventually landed on the right side of the road after initially going off the left side.

The accident investigation revealed that the Subaru was traveling at approximately 55 to 62 mph, whereas the driver of the pickup truck was driving at more than 80 mph. Police charged the driver, who was uninjured, with two counts of aggravated driving under the influence manslaughter because of the two deaths that resulted from the accident.

This tragic drunk driving accident will undoubtedly bring tremendous pain and suffering to the families of the two deceased men, who were long-time friends. A person who has lost a loved one in such a tragic manner may be able to recover financially from the people who caused the accident. Though such financial recovery will not bring a loved one back, it may help ease some of the burdens following an accident.

Source: The Roanoke Times, "Driver charged with DUI manslaughter after 2 die in Henry County crash", Sept. 6, 2015

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