The driver of a one-car accident in Chesterfield, Virginia is facing multiple charges stemming from the fatal crash. The accident, which occurred on the 17300 block of Branders Bridge Road, killed one passenger, a 25 year-old Richmond man, and has left a second passenger, a 27 year-old man also from Richmond, seriously injured.
According to law enforcement, the three men were heading southbound in a 2001 Acura GL when the car left the road and smashed into a tree. The victim who was killed in the crash was pronounced dead at the scene. The second victim was transported to VCU Medical Center for his injuries. No details have been released regarding his condition. The 24 year-old driver of the car was also taken to VCU Medical Center.
The driver, who resides in Colonial Heights, has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs, driving on a revoked license and possession of marijuana. The road was closed for several hours after the accident while a crash team and forensics gathered preliminary evidence. Police are still investigating the cause of the crash and more charges against the driver may be pending.
We have seen too many innocent victims killed because someone made the decision to get behind the wheel of a car while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. And there has been a marked increase in the amount of people killed in crashes caused by marijuana use in the past several years. According to current statistics, the amount of marijuana contributed fatalities has tripled in the past 10 years.
Marijuana affects drivers the same way alcohol or other drugs do, leaving the user with impaired judgment, affected vision, easily distracted and much more likely to take risks while driving.
If you have lost a loved one in a crash caused by a drunk or drugged driver, contact a Virginia wrongful death attorney to find out what legal action you may be able to take for pain and loss, even if the driver has been criminally charged.