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Car accident at Navy base claims life of young sailor

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Likely, many Virginia residents have, at some point while on the road, witnessed someone else driving recklessly. Such behavior often involves extremely high speeds and some of these drivers can even be seen veering into other lanes of traffic. These types of incidents can happen for a number of reasons, but in any case, drivers who behave irresponsibly are a potential danger to others, sometimes causing a serious or even fatal car accident.

As a recent example, for an as yet unknown reason, a man in a pickup drove into oncoming traffic and onto a Navy base in Virginia Beach. According to police, the 38-year-old man was traveling northbound when he suddenly moved into the opposite lane and veered onto the base at a high rate of speed. Reportedly, people manning gate security notified others on the base that a vehicle had entered the area on the wrong side of the road, and emergency measures were put in place.

Unfortunately, the pickup struck a Navy patrol car. Both the pickup driver and the other driver, a 23-year-old petty officer, were taken to a local hospital. The officer died in the hospital. Police have since charged the pickup driver with involuntary manslaughter. The Virginia Beach Police Department's Fatal Crash Team are continuing to investigate the incident, and authorities have said they are not yet certain what caused the driver responsible for the crash to enter the base.

Although occasionally a car accident of this sort happens due to mechanical failure, typically, the driver is the cause. In this situation, it seems as though the latter is the case. Whatever the reason behind this man's recklessness, sadly, a young man has died, apparently simply by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. His family members would be within their rights to contact a Virginia personal injury attorney to discuss the possibility of pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit.

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