A man from Gretna has been charged with DUI manslaughter after causing a fatal car accident late last month. The deadly collision happened on a fateful Wednesday afternoon in Pittsylvania County.
According to state police, the 67-year-old man was driving along Shula Road in Pittsylvania County when he drove across the median at the intersection of Route 29. That’s when he struck a vehicle that was traveling southbound on Route 29.
A 57-year-old female passenger who was riding in the other vehicle was killed in the collision. Police indicate that victim was not wearing a seat belt at the time. The driver of that car was rushed to the hospital for medical treatment. An infant, who was also riding in the vehicle, escaped the collision without any injuries. The allegedly intoxicated man who police say caused the accident also escaped without injury, but a passenger riding in his vehicle required hospital treatment. As of last reports, police were still investigating the matter.
Depending on the results of police investigations, certain individuals may have strong claims for personal injury damages stemming from the incident. Family members of the deceased may also have viable claims for wrongful death damages.
Whenever a fatal crash happens in Virginia, family members may want to pay close attention to the results of police investigations. Police reports will usually point a finger at the person and/or party responsible for the fatal crash. As such, the investigations will also reveal which party or parties is likely financially liable for the victims’ medical costs, end of life expenses and wrongful death damages.
Source: wset.com, “Driver charged with DUI after deadly accident in Pittsylvania Co.,” Scott Wilson, June 23, 2016