A trial that was scheduled to start in Bedford County,Virginia this week involving a woman who was charged in a fatal drunk driving crash that killed her six year-old child has been postponed. The trial will be delayed for two months to allow more time for the defense to subpoena another toxicologist on the case.
Virginia State Police stated that the woman’s car crossed the median on Quarterwood Road, which is off of US 460 between the Virginia towns of Thaxton and Moneta. She slammed into an oncoming car head one, leading to injuries in the other driver, and killing her son.
She was charged at the scene with felony aggravated involuntary manslaughter, child abuse and maiming. She also was charged with one count of misdemeanor second-offense drunken driving with a child in the vehicle.
Her blood sample was taken at the hospital a few hours after the crash.
Prosecutors projected that her blood alcohol level would have been over the legal limit at the time of the crash. Her defense has argued that she was driving at a normal speed and was not driving erratically before the wreck. The defense also noted that police at the scene did not think she was intoxicated.
Our drunk driving personal injury attorneys in Virginia and North Carolina have no sympathy for convicted drunk drivers, so if it is decided that the mother was intoxicated at the time of the crash, we hope that she is punished to the fullest extent of the law.
These cases are especially sad when the foolish actions of a parent behind the wheel lead to the death of their own child. Anyone who has had a loved one hurt or killed by a drunk driver could be entitled to compensation for their medical bills, pain and suffering and also punitive damages could be awarded. Consult with an experienced attorney in drunk driving cases who knows how to find every dollar of possible insurance money so that you get the compensation you are owed.