Street racing appears to have led to the second death in Southeastern Virginia in two weeks. The earlier fatality involved an innocent driver on U.S. 58 in Suffolk, VA. The most recent preventable tragedy happened on the publicly accessible part of the Fort Story military base in Virginia Beach.
According to WAVY-TV 10, two car were speeding around a curve on Fort Story Hospital Road before dawn on August 13, 2016, when one of the vehicles ran off the road. The resulting crash left the driver of the out-of-control car dead and the passenger hospitalized with severe injuries. Police have filed drunk driving charges against the driver of the other car. Indications are that deceased driver, whose identity has not been released, was also under the influence of alcohol.
Speed and alcohol never mix. Both racing and getting drunk prompt drivers to make negligent decisions behind the wheel and to take reckless actions that put themselves and everyone else on the road in danger. The Fort Story crash in Virginia Beach illustrates one of the worst scenarios, but no good outcome is likely to result from becoming impaired and then speeding irresponsibly.
The passenger who survived this crash might have grounds for filling personal injury claims. When an at-fault driver loses his life in a car accident that harms others, his car insurance policy remains in effect until all outstanding claims are settled. Consulting with an experienced Virginia personal injury attorney could helped the surviving victim understand how the process of dealing with a deceased driver's insurance company works.