A teenager lost his life in a Norfolk, Virginia (VA), car crash police blamed on speeding and drunken driving. The fatal single-vehicle accident occurred on Chesapeake Boulevard at around 2:20 am on February 7, 2015.
According to the Virginian-Pilot, the 22-year-old driver ran into a tree after losing control of the car and running off the road. The at-fault driver also sustained injuries and now faces at least one criminal charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.
The deadly DUI wreck happened less than 24 hours after the federal National Highway Transportation Safety Administration released data indicating that fewer Americans were driving drunk. Ironically, a significant number of the breath and blood tests performed as part of the 2014 Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use by Drivers were performed in Virginia Beach. If nothing else, this fatal alcohol-related accident in Norfolk proves that even one drunken driver on the road is too many for anyone to feel safe.
My Virginia personal injury and wrongful death law firm colleagues and I know that the only way to prevent DUI wrecks is to put down the keys when one picks up a bottle. While more people appear to be making that responsible decision, too many others persist in acting recklessly and risking the health and lives of everyone else. Our condolences go out to the friends and family members of the Norfolk teen, along with our plea for all to stay out from behind the wheel while impaired in any way.