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A car crash can happen in an instant. The repercussions of an accident can last a lifetime for a victim and his or her family, however. It can take time for a victim and his or her family to heal, both physically and emotionally, particularly when an accident investigation can take weeks or months to complete. One Virginia family is living this reality following a car accident that occurred in June, 2015.

A 2015 Botetourt County car accident resulted in the tragic deaths of two individuals. Following an almost year-long investigation, the driver who caused the accident has now been indicted on one misdemeanor count of reckless driving for her role in the accident. Both the Virginia State Police's accident reconstruction team and the Botetourt County Commonwealth's Attorney investigated this tragic accident before the driver was indicted for reckless driving. In the event the driver is convicted, she may spend up to 12 months in jail and potentially have to pay a fine of up to $2,500.

The accident occurred when the female driver was traveling north near Eagle Rock on Botetourt Road and collided with a Mazda Protégé carrying two males and headed in the opposite direction. One of the male occupants died at the scene of the auto accident and the other was airlifted to a hospital, but later died from his injuries.

Apart from the issue of criminal liability, a settlement from the negligent driver's insurance company has already been approved. Under the settlement, her insurance company will pay $100,000 to the estate of one of the deceased victims.

If you have lost a loved one in a tragic car accident due to the negligence of another driver, you may have a cause of action. An attorney may be able to offer guidance regarding your options.

Source:, "Driver in fatal Botetourt County crash indicted on reckless driving charge," Neil Harvey, June 10, 2016

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