A tragic Saturday night motor vehicle accident has left one man dead in Hampton, Virginia. Another man was charged with DUI in the incident. Police arrived at the scene of the crash at approximately 10:42 p.m. to find the 53-year-old victim with catastrophic injuries. Unfortunately, medics were unable to save him, and he was pronounced dead at the car accident scene. A city spokesperson indicated that the deceased driver had been employed by the Parks and Recreation Department in Special Events since the beginning of 2014.
A sergeant from the Hampton Police Department reported that the deceased driver was traveling in a Ford Escort southbound when he collided with a Ford Explorer. The 49-year-old driver of the Ford Explorer was trying to make a left turn out of the northbound lanes of traffic at the time.
Police believe that the 49-year-old driver was impaired at the time of the incident. He has since been arrested and charged with DUI violations relating to the crash and authorities expect to charge him with more violations upon completion of their investigation into the incident. These are not the first DUI and/or DWI violations on the man has faced either, as he has been charged in previous incidents — one which occurred only eight days prior to this crash.
The loss of life in this Virginia DUI motor vehicle accident is extremely tragic. Family members and friends of the man who lost his life will no doubt be facing extreme emotional turmoil at this time. The man’s family may wish to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit to hold the allegedly DUI driver accountable for their loved one’s death. If successfully litigated, such a lawsuit could help families obtain a sense of closure, and they may also be able to obtain money to help pay for end of life expenses and other enormous damages stemming from the event.
Source: wavy.com, “Man charged with DUI in fatal Hampton crash” Aug. 18, 2014