A woman attending an alternative music festival at nTelos Pavilion in Portsmouth, Virginia (VA), sustained serious injuries after being hit by a car whose driver was arrested under suspicion of being drunk. The accident occurred shortly after 10 pm during the 2014 96XFest.
According to reports, the at-fault driver crashed through a fence before hitting and injuring the other woman. Before making impact, the car traveled the wrong way through a traffic circle leading out of the parking lot and crossed a sidewalk. No one beside the woman taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for treatment appears to have been hurt.
Drinking is practically expected at rock concerts, but getting behind the wheel after becoming intoxicated is never acceptable. As uncommon as a DUI crash involving a person inside a music venue may seem, it is not unheard of. In fact, a 2011 fatal accident involving a pickup truck driver who barreled down a hillside on which people attending the multiday All Good Music Festival were camping made national headlines. And the carnage created by drivers impaired by drugs and alcohol on roads and highways all across the United States constitutes an ongoing tragedy whose new chapters are written daily.
As a Virginia Beach-based personal injury and wrongful death attorney who regularly helps people put their lives back together following accidents caused by drunk drivers, I know that the woman injured on what should have been a great early summer night out faces a long and difficult recovery. I wish her well.