Driver Charged With Reckless Driving After Tragic Crash | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

Two months after a tragic car accident, a driver from James City County has been charged with reckless driving in Williamsburg. In July 2011, Diep Thi Ngoc Le was taking a road test to receive her driver’s license. She was driving on Parkway Drive when she lost control of her 1998 Honda sedan. She ended up in a field on Penniman Road. The car hit a tree and overturned, trapping Le and a DMV employee administering a road test. The DMV employee was flown to the hospital where she later passed away.

In Virginia, reckless driving is categorized as anything above 80 miles per hour. One can also be charged with reckless driving if speeding occurs in excess of 20 or more miles over the posted speed limit. Other reckless driving violations include racing, failing to give a proper signal, or simply driving too fast for road conditions. There are many different reckless driving charges, all of which can result in fines and points on your license.

Reckless driving frequently causes some of the most dangerous of car accidents. It’s often caused by distracted driving, excessive speeding and sometimes drug or alcohol use. It’s difficult to imagine that any of that would occur with a DMV employee in the car, but inexperienced drivers are also more likely to lose control of their vehicles.

This accident was incredibly tragic, as no one’s life should ever be at risk on the job. Our thoughts are with the victims family and friends.