Six months after a car crash that killed his passenger, a 48-year-old Alexandria, Virginia man has been charged with DUI manslaughter.
The fatal accident occurred on July 5, 2014 at approximately 6:35 p.m. Interstate 10 near the 40-mile marker, in Santa Rosa County, Florida. According to police reports, the driver was traveling eastbound in a 1994 Chevy G20 when the vehicle drifted onto the north shoulder of the road. The vehicle then crossed onto east bound lanes before hitting the grass median. The Chevy spun around and then flipped over onto its roof.
The vehicle’s passenger, a 58-year-old man also from Alexandria, was killed in the accident. The driver was critically injured, but has recovered from those injuries. A subsequent investigation conducted by the Florida Highway Patrol revealed that the driver’s blood alcohol content was .096 at the time of the fatal crash.
The driver was recently arrested and charged with second-degree felony and released on $20,000 bond.
Our personal injury law firm has reported many fatal car crashes that were caused by a driver who made the decision to get behind the wheel of vehicle after drinking. In fact, statistics show that a person who has been arrested for driving drunk has actually driven under the influence 100 times before finally getting caught. Those drunk drivers lead to approximately 11,000 deaths every year.
One person dies in a drunk driving accident every 45 minutes in this country.
If you have lost loved one in a crash caused by a drunk driver, contact a dedicated Virginia wrongful death attorney to find out what legal recourse you may have for the pain and loss your family has suffered.