A pickup driver who crossed the center line of Guinea Road near Route 17/George Washington Memorial Highway in Hayes, Virginia (VA), hit a Jeep head on, inflicting serious injuries on the woman driving the other vehicle and killing the Jeep's passenger. Police determined that the at-fault driver was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the fatal collision and have charged him with involuntary manslaughter and second-offense DUI.
The deadly crash in Gloucester County occurred on February 18, 2015. Snow, ice and slush on the roadway from a major winter storm earlier in the week may have contributed to making the pickup truck driver unable to control his vehicle and stay in his own lane and out of the path of oncoming traffic. Intoxication appears to be the true explanation, however.
As a Virginia personal injury and wrongful death attorney whose firm has helped hundreds of victims of drunk and drugged driving accidents, I know that the only safe time to operate a car or truck while drunk or high is never. Add road conditions that challenge even the most sober and attentive drivers to maintain control, and an accident that leaves people hurt or dead is all but guaranteed.
I send my deepest condolences out to the friends and family members of the passenger in the Jeep who lost his life, along with my wishes for the injured Jeep driver to make a quick and full recovery from her injuries. I also want to take this opportunity to remind anyone who considers taking the wheel after drinking too much alcohol or abusing drugs that the life and health they risk is not just their own.