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After deadly accident in Virginia Beach, driver faces DWI charges

A deadly accident in Virginia Beach has led to DWI charges for a driver from out of state.

Reports indicate that calls to the police first started coming in just prior to 10 p.m., on Sunday, June 3. Those calls said that two cars had collided on North Great Neck Road, down in the 1700 block.

After investigating, police say that an elderly woman was behind the wheel of a Lexus SUV, and she was on nearby River Road. She was going east, and she was trying to turn right to join the southbound lane of Great Neck Road.

As the SUV waited to turn, it appears that a white Hyundai Sonata smashed into the left rear corner of the vehicle. The impact was bad enough that the woman in the Lexus was killed. She passed away at the crash scene, before emergency crews could even take her to the hospital. She was 73 years old at the time.

There were two people in the Hyundai when it crashed. They decided to get out of the sedan and run away on foot. However, police quickly tracked them both down. They were injured, though those injuries are not thought to be life-threatening, so authorities took them to the hospital.

The man who alleged drove the Hyundai is 35 years old. He is from Winter Park, Florida. Police said they thought that speed and alcohol both played a role in the crash. As such, they are charging the driver with a first-offense DWI for having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) between .15 and .20, causing a hit and run that resulted in injury, refusing to take a breath test and involuntary manslaughter through a DUI.

Drunk driving accidents happen every day, and those who tragically lose loved ones must know exactly what legal options they have.

Source: WTKR, "Out of state driver charged with DWI for Virginia Beach fatal crash," Hannah Wallsmith, June 04, 2018

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