A 20-year-old man in Virginia Beach responsible for the death of a passenger and severe injuries to another, pled guilty to causing the wreck.

According to WAVY-TV 10, the at-fault driver was drunk when the crash occurred. The driver visited multiple bars and showed a fake ID in order to buy drinks for himself and his three friends. After leaving a bar and visiting a 7-11 convenience store, the group crashed when the driver was unable to negotiate a curve on West Neck Road and ran his Nissan Xterra into a ditch before crashing into trees.

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One passenger was killed instantly. Another experienced broken ribs and a collapsed lung. The third passenger left the site of the accident after first checking himself for injuries.

The driver faced charges for DUI, involuntary manslaughter, display of a fake license and purchase and possession of alcohol by a minor under the age of 21. He will be sentenced for those charges in May 2012.

When drunken driving causes deaths or serious injuries, victims and survivors may have grounds for pursuing damages against the reckless driver who decided to get behind the wheel while intoxicated. The victims and surviving family of the deceased should contact a wrongful death lawyer in Virginia Beach to determine the best course of legal action. To learn more about applicable Virginia wrongful death laws, read this consumer report which was written by an experienced wrongful death attorney in Virginia.