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Alcohol Was a Possible Factor in Fatal Battlefield Boulevard Wreck in Chesapeake

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Alcohol Was a Possible Factor in Fatal Battlefield Boulevard Wreck in Chesapeake

Alcohol has been flagged as a possible factor in a wreck that claimed the life of a woman in Chesapeake on Thursday night.

Police responded to a crash on the 3700 block of S. Battlefield Blvd. at about 8.30 p.m.

Few details were released about the crash but police said it was a head-on collision. A southbound vehicle hit a vehicle traveling northbound head-on. The victim was later identified as  Christine Creighton from Currituck County, NC.

The driver of the northbound vehicle died at the scene. A man who was driving the other car was transported to a local hospital. The extent of his injuries was not clear from reports.

WAVY.com reported the police said alcohol could have been a factor in the crash. My thoughts are with the family of the woman who died and the man who was injured.

We have seen a series of deadly head on injuries in Hampton Road and North Carolina in recent weeks.

Thursday night’s wreck was the second this week in Chesapeake. A cyclist was killed in a wreck on Tuesday on Military Highway.

Battlefield Boulevard is a fast-moving and busy highway. There are a lot of intersections and places where a driver who is inattentive or under the influence of alcohol can drift across a center line and hit another car.

Drunk driving remains a serious problem in Hampton Roads and Virginia. Last year, 247 lives were lost in Virginia due to drunk driving. Alcohol is a factor in almost a third of all fatal crashes in Virginia and DUI crashes caused almost 5,000 injuries last year.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, you have grounds to make a claim against the insurance company of that driver.

Virginia allows victims of DUI drivers to recover punitive damages under special circumstances. If the drunk driver refused to take a BAC test, or had a BAC of .15% or more, these additional damages can be factored into your case to punish the driver for his or her willfully reckless actions.

If you have been hurt by a drunk driver or if you have lost a loved one, please contact our Virginia DUI injury lawyers for a free consultation at (757) 455-0077.

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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