DUI Arrest After Death of Passenger Crystal Floyd on I-264 in Portsmouth

By Griff O'Hanlon, Portsmouth Injury Lawyer

Drunk driving causes poor judgment and a lack of control and often leads to serious injuries and even deaths to intoxicated drivers and other road users.

Often other motorists pay the price of intoxicated driving but passengers routinely become victims too. In Portsmouth over the weekend, a woman lost her life in a crash that later led to a DUI arrest.

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Police said 23-year-old Crystal Floyd died at the wreck scene, WAVY10 reported. My thoughts are with her family after this tragic accident.

The 23-year-old man from Portsmouth faces drunk driving and manslaughter charges, WAVY reported. The charges stem from a crash that also left three people injured on I-264 on Sunday morning.

Police say the driver was behind the wheel of a  2001 Ford Focus heading east on I-264 when he attempted to avoid another vehicle, lost control on the interstate and flipped the car, according to Virginia State Police.

The police report said three people in the backseat of the Ford were thrown from the car. Paramedics transported the other passengers from the wreck scene to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for the treatment of serious injuries. Virginia State Police closed I-264 at Greenwood Drive for six hours as they investigate the cause of the wreck.

Although the number of alcohol-related accidents has declined on the highways of Virginia over the last decade, drunk driving remains a serious issue.

Every year there are about 8,000 accidents related to alcohol, according to the Virginia Highway Safety Office, In 2010, for example, 247 of these accidents were fatal.  

If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to a drunk driver in the Commonwealth of Virginia, you may be entitled to punitive damages. These go over and above the usual damages and are intended to punish the drunk driver. Punitive damages are not relevant in all cases, but may be applicable if a drunk driver refused to take a BAC test, or had a BAC of .15% or above.

See this article about the rights of passengers in car crashes in Virginia.

Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers has a client meeting location in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a main office in Norfolk. We can come to you for an injury consultation. Call us at (757) 455-0077.

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