Alcohol was a Possible Factor in Fatal James City County Wreck

Alcohol claims far too many lives and injures numerous other people on the highways of Virginia. We were saddened to read how police say alcohol was a possible factor in a double fatal James City County wreck this week.

A man from West Point man and a woman were killed in an early morning crash on Aug. 26, according to James City County police.

The Daily Press reported 30-year-old Amos Phillips died after his car struck a tree at 1:30 a.m. near the 10000 block of Old Stage Road in James City County.

The fatal James City County wreck also claimed the life of 17-year-old Candyce Hayden. She just hours after being taken to the VCU Medical Center, the Daily Press reported.

Another passenger, a 21-year-old male, was also injured and was reported to be recovering at VCU Medical Center.

Bill O'Mara of Cooper Hurley talks about the rights of passengers in DUI crashes

Fatal James City County Wreck – Driver May Have Been Drunk

James City County police said they believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.

It’s always tragic when alcohol claims lives on the roads of Virginia. Every year, we see tragedies in Hampton Roads in which passengers lose their lives due to the actions of intoxicated drivers.

This month, two men were jailed after a tragic two-vehicle crash that left one person dead and three people hospitalized in April 2015.

The TV channel WTKR reported how Dennis Brito was jailed for seven years for charges of DUI manslaughter, DUI, and failure to yield while making a left turn and DUI maiming.

Charles Chavez Hazer, 34, was jailed for five years on charges of DUI manslaughter, DUI maiming, and DUI.

The men caused a DUI crash that claimed the life of passenger Heidi Jo Freidman from Hampton in Virginia Beach.

Passengers are seldom responsible for the wrecks that harm them. They have rights if they are injured, as so family members in a wrongful death action.

We never represent drunk drivers at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers. We sue them. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a DUI crash, please call us for a free, no-obligations consultation. We have eight convenient meeting locations in the Hampton Roads area including in Newport News and Hampton. Call us at (757) 455-0077.

Will Dudley


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