Two men have been sentenced to prison relating to a 2015 drunk driving accident that killed one person and injured three people. One of the men, a 35-year-old, will spend the next seven years in prison. The other man, a 34-year-old, will spend the next five years in prison.
The 35-year-old was convicted of DUI maiming, DUI manslaughter and DUI failure to yield. The 34-year-old was convicted of DUI manslaughter, DUI and DUI maiming.
An attorney for the Commonwealth stated that both men had been operating their vehicles while intoxicated. The 34-year-old was driving a 2004 Mustang northbound at approximately 2:30 a.m., with a passenger in the front seat. As he entered the intersection of Greenwich Road and Newton Road in Virginia Beach, the 35-year-old man, driving a 2008 Malibu, failed to yield when making a left turn and drove into his path. The Mustang violently collided with the Malibu.
The 35-year-old was speeding and the 34-year-old failed to yield, and both were intoxicated. Authorities blamed them both for the accident, for the death of a 33-year-old female passenger in the Malibu, and for serious injuries to other passengers.
Unfortunately, drunk driving claims many lives in Virginia throughout the year. Although no amount of litigation, and no amount of money, will ever correct such an unconscionable wrong, family members of people killed by drunk drivers may have the ability to pursue strong wrongful death claims for financial restitution and justice in these cases. The successful navigation of a lawsuit like this can also serve to provide grieving family members with a sense of closure relating to the loss of their loved one.
Source: wtkr.com, “Men sentenced to prison in Virginia Beach deadly drunk driving crash,” Aug. 08, 2017