Two men were sentenced on Aug. 8 for a two vehicle crash in 2015 that killed one person and injured three others.
One of the men will spend seven years in Virginia state prison for DUI manslaughter, DUI maiming, DUI and failure to yield while making a left turn. The other man will serve five years for DUI manslaughter, DUI maiming and DUI.
Both men were intoxicated when the accident occurred in April 2015. The driver was in a 2004 Ford Mustang going northbound on Newtown Road at 2:30 am. He had a passenger in his front seat. When he got the the Newtown Road and Greenwich Road intersection, he struck the drunk driver’s Chevy Malibu after he did not yield while turning left.
The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office stated that the drunk driver was going up to 70 miles per hour in a 35 MPH zone. Three people were taken to the hospital after the Virginia DUI accident. The female passenger in the Malibu was dead at the scene. She was 33 years old.
A passenger in the drunk driver’s car had very serious injuries, including a brain injury, a broken pelvis, two collapsed lungs and a broken femur. She has had to leave her active duty Navy job as a result of the crash.
Our DUI personal injury lawyers in Virginia wish that no one would ever drink and drive again. In 2015, more than 10,000 people across the US were killed in DUI crashes. Also in 2015, more than one million drivers in the US were arrested for DUI.
Our Virginia personal injury and wrongful death attorneys have worked on far too many DUI crashes over the years that resulted in death and serious personal injury. In many of these cases, people died and/or were injured in such a way that they will never be the same.
One of our clients was leaving the gym after he worked out in Chesapeake, Virginia. A drunk driver drove onto the sidewalk and hit his lower leg. While the injuries were not life threatening, the man did have to undergo several surgeries. He had to miss several weeks of work and he also had to undergo months of physical therapy. Fortunately, our personal injury attorneys were able to get him a DUI settlement of $100,000. This was sufficient to compensate him for what he went through.
People who lose a loved one or have serious injuries from a drunk driver could be entitled to much more compensation.