8 Year Old Killed by Drunk Driver | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

An 8 year old boy in Culpeper County was killed by a drunk driver on May 16, 2008.  According to Virginia State Police, a 38 year old driver lost control of his 1999 Acura and ran off the left side of the road, bounced over an embankment, and rolled several times before he struck a fence and came to rest in a field.  In the car were the man’s five and eight year old sons.

The eight year old was not in a seat belt or otherwise restrained and was ejected from the car as it flipped.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver then put the boy in the vehicle’s trunk before the police arrived.

The five year old was not injured because he was properly strapped into a safety seat.

The driver has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, driving with a suspended license, and driving under the influence.  If convicted, this would be his third DUI.