In June of last year, a three-car accident injured three people. Two of the injured were siblings, ages 14 and 17. They were headed home after swim practice when their Lexus was hit head-on. Another vehicle then crashed into the Lexus.
The man responsible for the accident was recently found guilty of DUI with an elevated blood alcohol content and two counts of felony maiming while driving under the influence of alcohol. His vehicle tipped over after the head on collision. It also caught fire, but he was pulled from the fire by bystanders. His blood alcohol level was .167. He was headed the wrong way on Interstate 81 when the accident occurred.
The 17-year-old suffered serious injuries, including torn arteries in his heart, dislocated vertebrae, a ruptured spleen, a concussion and several broken bones. He wears a leg brace today. His sister hurt her arm and had several cuts and lacerations. The driver of the third vehicle involved suffered lacerations and two leg fractures.
The 40-year-old man could be sentenced to up to 11 years in prison. He is currently being held without bond, with his sentencing date set for Sept. 15.
Drunk drivers kill and maim thousands of innocent people every year. The victims or the families of those that are killed in these accidents can seek monetary damages from the at fault party. While most drunk drivers face criminal charges, it’s not necessary for a civil lawsuit.
Do you want more information on how to proceed with a civil lawsuit against a drunk driver? If so, an experienced attorney can answer any questions you may have.
Source: wdbj7.com, “Roanoke man convicted of DUI for wrong-way I-81 crash in Montgomery Co.,” June 16, 2015