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Driver Arrested for Suspected Drunk Driving Following Death of Nancy Kelly in Norfolk

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Driver Arrested for Suspected Drunk Driving Following Death of Nancy Kelly in Norfolk

Almost every fatal crash on the highways of Hampton Roads is avoidable, but few are more senseless than those caused by drunk drivers.

We have known about the dangers caused by driving after drinking alcohol for decades, but these kinds of crashes still occur with a depressing regularity.

On Sunday morning in Norfolk, a young woman’s life was cut short by a driver who is suspected of drunk driving. ABC 13 reported on the tragedy that befell 23-year-old Nancy Kelly of Maryland.

A driver is accused of rear-ending the minivan Ms. Kelly was in at a red light at East Princess Anne Road and Sewells Point Road. The impact of the crash pushed it into a car. Kelly was sat in the front seat of the minivan. According to reports, officers charged the driver of the SUV with driving under the influence and refusal to submit to a blood sample. He sustained minor injuries and is being held in Norfolk City Jail.

Ms. Kelly was sitting in the front-seat of the minivan at the time of the impact. She later died at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital shortly before 7:30 a.m.

Kelly's mother, Nina, later spoke to 13News Now. She said her daughter was an Eastern Virginia Medical School student and graduate of Virginia Wesleyan College, with a bright future ahead of her. My deepest condolences are with this family over their terrible loss.

Media reports said Ms. Kelly was preparing to complete her first year of medical school at EVMS. She had told her family she wanted to be an organ donor.

The driver and rear-seat passenger of the minivan were treated for their and later released from a local hospital.

Additional charges may be brought against the driver who appeared to have caused this crash, according to reports.

As a Norfolk-based car accident injury lawyer, I have lost count of how many innocent lives I have seen lost due to the actions of drunk drivers. If you lose a loved one due to the actions of a drunk driver,  you may have grounds to pursue a wrongful death case to recover for the damages under Virginia law, including funeral expenses, loss of companionship, loss of a loved one’s income and future income and services to your family.

In some cases, a drunk driver may be liable to pay punitive or additional damages. See this page on our website about drunk drivers for further information or call us at (757) 455-0077.

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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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