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.
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.
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