A man driving a pickup truck south in the northbound lanes of I-81 through Augusta County, Virginia (VA), currently faces an aggravated involuntary manslaughter charge and other criminal charges for striking and killing a woman in an SUV. The fatal wrong-way crash happened at around 5 am on June 26, 2016.
Virginia State Police found evidence that that the at-fault driver was under the influence of alcohol. Investigators could not say where or how the drunk driver got onto the interstate going in the wrong direction, but they did tell reporters that the woman he hit died at the scene. He collided with the deceased victim's driver's side door, indicating that she attempted to swerve out of the way of his oncoming pickup but was unable to do so.
Driving drunk increases a person's risk for causing a crash. An intoxicated driver can lose the ability to stay in their lane, read and follow road signs, and react quickly and appropriately to impending collisions. The injuries and deaths DUI drivers inflict are avoidable – people need to make the responsible choice not to drink and drive.
My Virginia wrongful death law firm clients and I work to hold drunk drivers accountable to their victims. Making such reckless individuals settle insurance claims and pay other forms of compensation, such as punitive damages, to the people and family members they hurt represents an important form of justice.