Many Virginia residents enjoy getting together with friends and socializing over a few alcohol beverages. Most people, most times, do so responsibly. However, even with the proliferation of warnings about the dangers of driving after drinking, some people will still make the poor choice to get behind the wheel of a car when they should not. Such reckless behavior can result in car accidents, some of which are fatal. Unfortunately, this is what happened recently when a woman from a different state drove a car into a tree, causing death and serious injury to the occupants.
The crash happened in the very early morning hours. Three women visiting from a different state were traveling in a car on Interstate 64. As the car came onto an exit ramp, it left the road and hit a tree. One of the passengers, a 33-year-old woman, was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead. Another passenger in the same vehicle, a 29-year-old woman, was taken to a different hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The 29-year-old driver of the car also suffered injuries and was transported to a third hospital. She is expected to survive and now faces charges of DUI and involuntary manslaughter. Authorities are continuing their investigation. They believe speed was also a factor in the crash.
Anyone would agree that any accident resulting in death or serious injury is tragic. However, most people find car accidents involving drunk drivers particularly difficult to understand, since they seem to be caused solely by one person’s poor judgment. Sadly, in this case, one young woman was killed and another seriously injured. The victim’s families may consider pursuing the matter through the Virginia civil justice system. An experienced personal injury attorney can provide guidance with such cases.