August 4, 2011
Two people died and two more were injured late Monday, August 1, when a 1996 Buick Century went off Route 178 in Pungoteague, Virginia, and hit a tree stump before flipping over.
Both the 53-year-old male driver and the 72-year-old front-seat female passenger died at the scene north of the corner of Boston and Big Pine roads. The two were next door neighbors in Craddockville.
Two female passengers in the backseat were hospitalized. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
All four people were wearing seatbelts during the crash.
Police now say that alcohol played a role in the crash, which occurred shortly after 10 p.m.
DelmarvaNow.com reports that the passenger who died spent the night playing bingo at the Accomac Elks Lodge, where she was picked up by a friend. The additional two passengers had also been playing Bingo.
The driver’s brother-in-law said, “He would help anyone out. He was a good guy.”
What do you think can be done to deter drunk drivers in Virginia?