There can be many different reasons a car accident could happen. One common cause is due to someone driving under the influence of alcohol or other substances. The consequences for committing this act can be severe, especially when a fatality occurs as a result. A Virginia man now faces a DUI charge after his alleged involvement in a crash that led to the death of a teenager about to graduate from high school.
Police report that the man supposedly lost control of the vehicle he was driving and overcorrected in an attempt to regain control. In doing so, he crossed the median and crashed into the young victim's SUV, killing her and injuring her passenger. Witnesses claim that the man then fled the scene.
The man accused of causing this accident has been charged with several crimes. The charges include involuntary manslaughter, maiming as a result of DUI, felony hit-and-run resulting in death, DUI 1st offense and driving on a suspended operator's license. Reports indicate that he spent the weekend in jail and recently made his first court appearance.
Because of the serious charges this man faces, he is likely focused, alongside his attorney, on preparing his defense to the criminal charges. Any Virginia resident who is facing a DUI charge may benefit from consulting an experienced criminal defense attorney. The lawyer will work to ensure a client's rights are protected and help present a strong defense. With the help of an attorney, those facing charges may be able to reduce sentences if convicted or possible avoid convictions entirely.
Source: wtkr.com, "Driver accused of killing Chesapeake teen in DUI crash makes first court appearance", Merris Badcock, May 22, 2017