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Drunk Driver Kills Two in Lynchburg, VA Crash
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The accident occurred around 2 a.m. on Timberlake Road in Lynchburg.
A drunk driver is responsible for the loss of two young men's lives in Lynchburg, VA. At approximately 2 a.m., John Hawkins and his passenger Garry Moore, both 26, were heading westbound on Timberlake road. As they attempted to turn left into Legacy Oaks Townhomes, a Ford Explorer traveling eastbound struck their vehicle. Authorities report that the Ford, driven by Amy Phillips, 28, was traveling at excessive speed. Though all parties involved were wearing seat belts, both Hawkins and Moore were pronounced dead at the scene. Police closed the road for nearly 5 hours to clean up the road from the horrific accident. Phillips has been charged with driving under the influence and involuntary manslaughter.
I've seen a lot of car accidents as a VA car crash attorney, but it never fails to shock me how drunk drivers can be so selfish. The men killed in the accident were victims of another person's carelessness and disregard for fellow drivers. Our thoughts go out to the Hawkins and Moore families in this difficult time. Both men were in the prime of their lives, with so much ahead of them. It's what makes this type of crash even more tragic. The families may want to consider filing a wrongful death claim against the driver and her insurance company. To learn about Virginia wrongful death law, read this report by an experienced Virginia wrongful death attorney.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident, consider consulting with a VA injury attorney. We have experience dealing with drunk drivers and can fight for the justice you deserve.