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Passenger Killed in Gloucester County Accident

Richard Gibson III (named in WAVY.com) was a passenger in a pickup truck that was involved in a terrible wreck. Reports indicate that the driver of the pickup truck, while heading down Low Ground Road in Gloucester, Virginia (VA), ran off the road and slammed into a tree.

The driver survived, but Mr. Gibson, unfortunately, did not survive due to the severity of his injuries. He was only 29 years old.

Our deepest condolences go out to the Gibson family. Losing someone you love is always difficult, but the pain is made that much worse when your loved one is taken from you is a sudden and senseless wreck. It has to be infuriating to think about the “what ifs?” in this tragic situation. For example, what if the driver had simply exercised caution and operated the truck in a reasonable manner.

The pickup truck driver is facing a variety of charges due to this terrible crash. He was charged with reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, and failure to maintain control of a vehicle, according to the WAVY article.

Reckless driving is a Class 1 misdemeanor. It’s a serious charge in the same class as a DUI charge.  The penalty parameters for reckless driving can be up to a year in jail, and/or up to $2,500 in monetary fines. These are the remedies in the criminal justice system. There are also legal remedies available in the civil justice system through a wrongful death claim.

For information about the wrongful death claims process, take a moment to read this article:

https://www.hsinjurylaw.com/library/a-virginia-beach-injury-lawyers-advice-about-wrongful-death-claims.cfm

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