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Suspected Drunk Driving to Blame for Virginia Beach Crash

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 (Credit: WAVY.com)

WAVY-TV reports that drunk driving may be to blame for a two-car crash that killed a woman and sent three others to the hospital early Sunday morning, April 12, 2015.

The crash took place at the intersection of Newtown and Greenwich Roads in Virginia Beach with a Ford sedan striking a Chevrolet sedan that held a total of five people. Police believe the Ford was traveling north on Newtown Road and struck the Chevrolet on the passenger side. They believe alcohol was a factor in the crash, but have not yet said who they believe was drinking or whether any arrests have been made. The Virginia Beach police do plan to file charges.

A woman riding in the Chevrolet was found dead at the scene and another woman riding in that car went to the hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the Chevrolet also went to the hospital, though his condition is not known.

We extend our sympathy to the family of the deceased woman and it is our sincere hope that the injured parties are able to recover quickly. As Virginia Beach personal injury attorneys who have handled many catastrophic injury cases, some involving drunk driving, we know how quickly a fun night out for a few friends can become a devastating accident because of the actions of a single drunk driver. Drunk driving is not only preventable, it is inexcusable given the various transportation options available to us here in Virginia Beach. Worst of all, drunk driving is a poor decision whose consequences have an impact on other innocent drivers and passengers as seems to be the case here.

Taking the risk of drunk driving is taking the risk of putting others lives in danger. A study conducted in Virginia Beach found that drivers who had been drinking above the .08 percent legal limit had about 4 times the risk of crashing as sober drivers and those with blood alcohol levels at .15 percent or higher had 12 times the risk.

We all know it is against the law to drive while intoxicated and our firm makes sure drunk drivers are held accountable for the injuries they cause. If you or a family member has been injured in an accident involving a drunk driver contact us today.

Richard N. Shapiro
Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer Serving Va Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake & all of Virginia
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