July 30, 2012
The dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol are being highlighted as a man charged with manslaughter in connection to an August Norfolk car accident pled guilty in court last Friday. According to The Virginian-Pilot, the man could face up to 10 years in prison for his crimes when sentenced in October.
Court documents show that the 22-year-old man was driving down Blackwater Road in a 2005 Ford F-150 pickup truck at around 2:30 a.m. when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree. The driver was not properly restrained at the time of the accident and the force of the impact caused him to be ejected from the vehicle. The 19-year-old female passenger in the pickup was killed instantly.
Rescue crews transported the man to a local hospital where tests showed he had a blood alcohol level of .17, more than twice the legal limit. He suffered serious fractures in both legs that left him hospitalized as he underwent numerous corrective surgeries. He remains bound to a wheelchair today and will likely have to go under the knife several more times before he makes a recovery.
The Norfolk personal injury lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley say that the implications for drinking and driving can cost the victims physically, emotionally, and financially. That is why the firm asks that motorists never get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.