A 52-year-old Minnesota woman was killed in a Fairfax County, Va. hit-and-run car crash. The fatal accident occurred on I-495 southbound at approximately 2 a.m. Monday morning.
According to police, the victim was a passenger in a Toyota Camry, along with four other people, including her two children. The vehicle was rear-ended by a Nissan Maxima and the impact sent the Camry into the highway’s express lanes where it hit a Jersey barrier. The Nissan drove off the road, hit a guardrail, and then began spinning across the lanes before coming to a stop in the express lane. The 23-year-old driver of the Nissan jumped out of the vehicle and ran off.
The dead woman was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders. The driver, one other adult, and the dead victim’s two children were all transferred to Inova Fairfax Hospital and treated for serious injuries. A female passenger in the Nissan was also transferred to Inova for serious injuries.
Police searched for the driver of the Nissan using police dogs and a helicopter. He was eventually located in Annandale about two hours after the fatal crash, walking down a street.
He has been charged with manslaughter, felony hit and run, DUI, and driving on a suspended license. He is currently being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.
It saddens – and angers – our personal injury law firm to learn of another life tragically lost because a driver made the decision to get behind the wheel of a car after drinking. In this fatal crash, the driver did not even have a valid license to do so, and two children have the horrific experience of seeing their mother die in a terrifying accident.
More than 11,000 lives are lost every year in alcohol-related crashes in this country. This comes out to one person every 45 minutes whose life is ended because of a drunk driving accident. And statistics show that of the 1.5 million people arrested for drunk driving each year, about half of them are driving on suspended licenses – just like this driver was.
If your family has suffered the loss of a loved one because of a drunk driving crash, contact a dedicated Virginia wrongful death attorney. Our law firm also offers a free wrongful death guide for families who have lost a loved one in an accident. The guide covers topics such as the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim, what types of damages can be pursued, and who can be appointed as personal representative.