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Virginia Beach, VA Girl Seriously Injured in Car Wreck

A man charged with felony hit-and-run in an accident that seriously injured an 11-year-old girl returned to jail after surveillance footage from an ABC store captured him buying liquor after his release on bond, according to the Virginian-Pilot.

The man, 37, struck the girl in February 2011 with a van while she was crossing Lynnhaven Parkway in Virginia Beach, VA with friends. He fled the car accident scene, and had a 15-year history of traffic-related convictions that included speeding, reckless driving, driving on a suspended license, and multiple instances of driving under the influence,

The man appealed his hit-and-run charge, and was released on a $25,000 secured bond that required him to remain drug- and alcohol-free while awaiting trial.  The girl remained hospitalized.

After photos of the man buying miniature bottles of spiced rum, near his Haygood-area home in VA, the prosecutor asked the judge in the case to revoke bond. Surveillance captured the man purchasing alcohol at the store four times, two of them on the same day.  The store manager testified that the man was a longtime customer who regularly bought the small bottles of rum, sometimes along with vodka. The judge revoked the bond, and the man was handcuffed as he left the courtroom. 

The girl seriously injured in this Virginia car wreck may be looking at months, or years, before full recovery. A serious injury from a car crash is a life-changing tragedy that may leave a person's body never to be as good as than new. This tragedy depicts the damage that can occur in a VA car crash.

To learn more about what to do if you or a loved one is hurt in a car accident, check out our Frequently Asked Questions devoted to the subject.


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