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Long Recovery for Teacher Hit by DUI Driver in Newport News, VA

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Driving under the influence of alcohol can end up wrecking the lives of victims and the driver who takes the risk of getting behind the wheel.

This was graphically illustrated in the case of a teacher from Newport News, VA, who was injured in a head-on crash with a car driven by a 17-year-old Menchville High student, last month, the Daily Press reported.

The report concerned a pool party fundraiser that was held for Jennifer Rios, 29, an English teacher at Gildersleeve Middle School who is now at an extended long-term care facility for further treatment.

The teacher was listed as being in a critical condition at the time of the crash on Lucas Creek Road and Cabell Drive in Newport News, VA, on June 8, 2011, according to

While the victim is facing an extended stay at a care facility, the driver could face an extended stay in jail. This 17-year-old, has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, DUI maiming and underage possession of alcohol, according to Newport News police.

As experienced Virginia (VA) accident injury attorneys who help clients in Newport News, we are saddened by this unnecessary incident.

We have reported on numerous cases in which drunken driving has led to severe injury and even deaths. For example, at the end of 2009, a horrendous accident on I-264 saw the driver of a BMW neglect the barriers and caution signals at the HOV interchange and veer into the wrong lane. The result was the death of Frances Wilson of Chesapeake, Virginia (VA).

During the holidays, teenage drivers can be particularly susceptible to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Earlier this year I reported on how on March 2011, a drunk teen driver, aged just 17, went the wrong way in his SUV, on the Powhite Parkway in Chesterfield, VA, and hit a BMW, instantly killing the two people inside the car, according to

This article about recovering damages from drunk drivers explains victims' rights and how our firm doesn't defend drunk drivers. Instead we sue them.



Richard N. Shapiro
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