A man suspected of driving drunk has been charged with injuring two people in Newport News, Virginia (VA), and then fleeing the scene. The crash happened on Denbigh Boulevard on January 30, 2016. Witnesses who recorded the license plate of the vehicle involved in the hit-and-run collision provided key information in helping police track down the suspect.
The crash victims required hospital treatment for their injuries but are expected to recover physically. Finding the man who hurt them also provides hope that they can recover financially. Any wreck that inflicts injuries also brings medical bills and, frequently, lost wages.
No one injured by the negligence of another person should be required to pay the full cost of the health care and other expenses forced upon them. While uninsured motorist provisions of victims' own car insurance policies can relieve some financial worries, ideally, only an at-fault driver should pay the price for the harm he or she caused.
My Virginia personal injury law firm colleagues and I commend the people who saw the crash in Newport News and acted quickly to get a full description of the fleeing vehicle. Holding its driver accountable will ease the injured man and woman's financial burdens. If the evidence is sufficient, authorities will also be able to prosecute a case of driving under the influence.