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Alleged drunk driver kills pedestrian in crash

A 47-year-old woman from Springfield, Virginia, has been killed after she was struck on Old Keene Mill Road. The recent Saturday afternoon accident also injured the driver and two of his passengers.

According to the Fairfax County police, the Fredericksburg man drove up over an embankment, then veered back onto the road. The car then crossed the median and struck another vehicle. The driver of that car suffered minor injuries in the collision.

The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the accident scene. Police say that additional charges will be forthcoming for the driver, he is currently in jail on a charge of driving while intoxicated.

Driving while intoxicated is a serious charge on its own. It's possible for someone to be charged with manslaughter when a death occurs as the result of a drunk driving accident. According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, 251 people lost their lives in Virginia last year because of drunk driving accidents. The average blood alcohol content in the fatalities was .14. This is almost two times the legal limit. The DMV also reported 5,003 injuries in 2014 as a result of drunk driving accidents.

Those who are injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, or those who have lost a loved one because of a drunk driver's actions, have a right to seek compensation from the party or parties who are responsible. A conviction on the drunk driving charge is not necessary for a victim to seek compensation through a personal injury case, or for a family to pursue a wrongful death action. However, these cases can be quite complex. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you understand the necessary steps to take, as well as identify all the defendants and prepare a petition for damages.

Source: newsleader.com, "Pedestrian killed, Va man charged with drunk driving in Springfield accident," Sep. 06, 2015

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