On Thursday evening, a motorist pulled over to the side of I-64 after the 1998 Honda Civic he was driving broke down. Parked on the left shoulder, the motorist called AAA for assistance.
But before help could arrive, a 2001 Ford Explorer slammed into the Honda Civic. The driver of the Civic was rushed to the hospital, but ultimately succumbed to his injuries and died.
The driver of the Explorer suffered only minor injuries. However, he was not taken to the hospital; instead, he ended up at the Virginia Beach City Jail. Police say that the driver of the Explorer was under the influence of intoxicants.
The driver of the Explorer has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Since the driver of Civic was killed, officials are now contemplating whether they should file additional charges.
It is the second time the driver of the Explorer has been charged with DUI. Facing a second DUI offense is bad enough in terms of the potential severity of a punishment. But with a death involved in the crash, more serious charges could result, and a conviction could mean years behind bars.
It is always a sad event when someone dies in a traffic accident. It is only natural for people, hurt and confused in the wake of a terrible tragedy, to look for someone to blame. But, if serious criminal charges are filed and prosecutors secure a conviction, a tragic incident that has already cost a life can wind up ruining another.
Source: WTKR, "21-year-old Beach man killed by suspected drunk driver on I-64 EB," Doris Taylor, July 11, 2014