A Virginia Beach, VA man, age 25, died after a car crash on Holland Road in Virginia Beach on a Monday in late April 2011, according to the Virginian-Pilot.
The driver was a petty officer 2nd class assigned to the Naval Consolidated Brig in Chesapeake, Virginia. An autopsy determined the man's death was a suicide. The man drove a 2009 Mitsubishi on Holland Road about 6 p.m. when he struck another vehicle at Rosemont Road. He did not stop, and then drove off the road at Holland and Stoneshore roads and struck a tree.
Police reported that when witnesses approached the car to help, they heard a "pop." When police officers and medics arrived, they found the man inside the car suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. The driver, originally from Washington, DC, died at the scene.
A month ago, a 23-year-old woman died under similar circumstances. The woman shot herself after crashing her car on Lynnhaven Parkway in Virginia.
With people using the roads for suicide, VA car wrecks are bound to happen. People on the road can be left with serious and costly injuries -- if they survive. We truly hope people seek care for their life situations rather than use the roads to commit suicide.
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