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Police: Fatal Newport News, VA Hit-and-Run Suspect Drunk, Texting While Driving

A man arrested for allegedly causing a crash early on the morning of Oct. 7, 2012, that left a pedestrian dead in Newport News, Virginia (VA), has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, texting while driving and fleeing the scene of an accident. Police found the victim who lost his life on Jefferson Avenue near the intersection with Woodcreek Drive.

According to the Virginian-Pilot, the driver may be charged with additional criminal offenses. Authorities also told the newspaper that "the incident should serve as a reminder of the dangers of driving while intoxicated and texting while driving."


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The Virginia Wrongful Death Lawyers' Perspective

No one should ever need to be reminded how deadly drunk and distracted drivers can be. A stronger, and truer, statement from police would have been that some personal injury or wrongful death is almost likely to result from anyone's negligent and reckless decision to drink too much, get behind the wheel and then intentionally become distracted by reading and sending text message without pulling over.

As personal injury and wrongful death attorneys with offices in Hampton and Virginia Beach, we have helped many traffic accident victims in Newport News. Those wrecks have involved impaired drivers, reckless drivers, distracted drivers and hit-and-run drivers; learning about a pedestrian accident that took a life and apparently resulted from all four causes shocks and saddens even us.


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Richard N. Shapiro
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