On November 10th an elderly woman was walking down Doolittle Road in Hampton, Virginia (VA) when she was struck and killed by a DWI/DUI driver, reports The Virginian Pilot.

To add insult to injury the driver didn’t even stop and this was after he had hit a building before running over the elderly woman.  Charges have been filed against a 32-year-old man to include felony homicide and involuntary manslaughter related to driving under the influence of alcohol.

I want to offer my sympathy to the family of the elderly woman who lost her life in this deadly DUI.  What a terrible and tragic way for a woman who led such a full life to die.  It is especially hard knowing that her death was one that could have been prevented.

Virginia is tough on drunk drivers, and with good reason. One out of every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash during their lives. Alcohol-related injuries occur about every two minutes, and fatalities occur every 32 minutes, on average. That is why it’s important to know the facts about driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and to avoid this behavior entirely.

If you’ve never had a DUI, you might not realize that it’s not a traffic violation-it’s a criminal offense. Those who commit these criminal offenses need to be held responsible.  Families who have a loved one injured or killed by a DWI driver may also be entitled to monetary compensation for the loss they’ve suffered. This could include:

  • Funeral expenses and burial expenses.
  • Medical bills accumulated after the accident but before the death.
  • Loss of support and other monetary losses.

I encourage anyone who has suffered a loss such as this to read our Wrongful Death Accident Claim publication.