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Intoxicated Driver Kills Passenger in Norfolk, Virginia (VA)

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According to published reports in the Virginian Pilot newspaper on May 18, 2007 a Marine is being charged with drunken driving associated with a car crash that killed a Navy woman.

The wreck happened in Norfolk, Virginia (VA) around 2:00 A.M. The 26 year old driver was charged with driving under the influence. This at fault driver ran off a ramp of the highway and hit a tree killing one of his backseat passengers. The victim was pronounced dead at a hospital shortly after the event which occurred on May 17.

This kind of crime and court brief in the newspaper is all too common. As a personal injury lawyer practicing in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA) area I just shake my head at the amount of loss of life where people drive drunk. The fact that military personnel were involved is also sad giving how important these brave young people are to our country and to the Hampton Roads, Virginia (VA) community.

You can make an insurance claim against your own driver in single car accidents like this recent event. The woman’s family can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the intoxicated driver who killed her. The man himself will not be the one who pays the money to the family; rather it will be his car insurer.