A Petersburg, VA woman wanted on an involuntary manslaughter charge has turned herself into police. The 34-year-old woman is accused of being the driver of a vehicle that crashed and killed her 30-year-old boyfriend on Interstate 95 South.
According to details released by law enforcement, the woman was stopped for speeding at more than twice the posted limit. She took off as the officer approached. Police then began pursuing the woman. During the chase, the woman drove her SUV off of exit 50 and crashed. The vehicle flipped over several times before finally coming to a stop.
Police arrested the woman at the scene for driving under the influence, eluding police and refusing to take an alcohol breath test. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment of broken bones. At the time of the incident, she told police no one was in the car with her.
The following day, the family of the victim notified police he was missing and said the last person he had been seen with was the driver of the car. They were concerned because he had not contacted anyone in the family, which was unlike him. Family members had heard the girlfriend had been arrested and were concerned something had happened to him. At this point, police returned to the scene of the accident and searched the surrounding area and located the body of the man.
The investigation revealed the man was ejected from the vehicle as it was rolling over and his body flew over a 6-foot hedge before landing in a high grass swamp area.
The driver has a long history of driving infractions convictions including, DUI, driving on a suspended license, driving on a revoked license, destruction of property, failure to yield, failure to properly restrain child, and turning improperly.
In many car crashes where a person is killed, the at-fault driver is often charged with some type of criminal offense, however, the family of the victim may still pursue a wrongful death claim. Although nothing will ever replace the loss of a loved one, families are often left struggling with financial expenses, such as medical, funeral, and burial expenses, that could be recovered. If you have lost a loved one in an auto accident, contact a skilled Virginia wrongful death attorney to find out what legal recourse you may have.