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Drunk Driver Found Guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter for Killing Former Volleyball All-Tidewater Player of the Year

A jury in May 2011 decided how much time a drunk driver would spend behind bars in the death of former volleyball All-Tidewater Player of the Year, two and a half years ago, according to the Virginian-Pilot.

The drunk driver, age 22, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in a Circuit Court in Virginia. There was no mandatory minimum sentence; the maximum he could serve was 10 years
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The VA drunk driver had a blood-alcohol concentration of .2, more than twice the legal limit for driving.  His Honda Accord ran off the left side of Wolfsnare Road in Virginia Beach, VA and struck a tree the night of December 28, 2008. The driver was knocked unconscious and suffered minor injuries in the car crash, while his passenger, a well-known volleyball player born in Virginia Beach died at the scene at age 20.


The passenger was a 2007 honor graduate of Frank W. Cox High School and a student at George Mason University before attending Tidewater Community College. He played for Coastal Virginia Volleyball Club and Seven Cities Volleyball Club, and won a silver medal in the USA 2006 AAU Junior Olympic Games for beach volleyball.


This devastating car wreck was a reminder of the damage caused by drunk driving.  The family or friends of the passenger might have to file a wrongful death case with the assistance of Virginia personal injury attorneys against the responsible parties in order to recover for the pain they suffered.


The death of a loved one is a life-altering event that someone may never get over. In a split moment, a native of Virginia Beach, VA was lost forever, with no one to be blessed or influenced by him again.


To learn more about what to do if you or a loved one is hurt in a car accident, check out our Frequently Asked Questions devoted to the subject.


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Richard N. Shapiro
Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer Serving Va Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake & all of Virginia
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