A fatal pedestrian accident in Norfolk, Virginia (VA), is being blamed on drunk driving. The deadly crash occurred at the intersection of Norview Avenue and Hyde Circle during the night of November 24, 2014.
News reports did not include information on how much alcohol the at-fault driver had consumed before hitting the man crossing the street in the Five Points section of the city. In Virginia, however, a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher can bring a DUI charge. Causing an accident, inflicting injuries and taking a life while operating an automobile while intoxicated can also bring felony charges.
Evidence that the at-fault driver was impaired by alcohol when he struck the deceased victim could also be used during a civil lawsuit to support the awarding of punitive damages. As the name implies, punitive damages represent a noncriminal punishment for reckless or malicious behavior that leaves another person permanently injured or dead. If the family members of the man who lost his life on Norview Avenue shortly before Thanksgiving decide to pursue compensation for loss of companionship and other monetary losses, they should ask for a free consultation with an experienced Norfolk wrongful death attorney about also asking for punitive damages.
Our condolences go out to the friends and loved ones of the deceased victim.