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Fatal Delivery Truck Crash on Indian River Road – Trucker is Charged with DUI

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Fatal Delivery Truck Crash on Indian River Road – Trucker is Charged with DUI

We were deeply saddened to read about a delivery truck crash on Indian River Road in Virginia Beach this week that killed a teen and badly injured another. The trucker was later charged with  DUI and other offenses.

A report on said police arrested the truck driver Friday evening after the two-vehicle wreck that killed one teen and left another critically injured.

Emergency workers were called to the 2400 block of Indian River Road, near West Neck in Virginia Beach, around 3:20 p.m. on Friday.

An initial investigation revealed the delivery truck driver lost control of the vehicle and over-corrected, WAVY reported. The driver crossed a center line and crashed into an SUV traveling west on Indian River.

Two female students from Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake were in the SUV. One of them died at the scene and another was reported to be in a critical condition.

Our deepest condolences go to the family of the student who lost her life. We hope the other student recovers from her injuries.

delivery truck crash on Indian River Road killed a student

The location of a fatal delivery truck crash on Indian River Road

The delivery truck crash on a rural section of Indian River Road appears to highlight how bad driving by a trucker can have a terrible impact. The 31-year-old truck driver suffered minor injuries and was taken into police custody at the wreck scene.

WAVY reported the commercial driver from Norfolk was subsequently charged with involuntary manslaughter, felony hit and run resulting in a death, maiming as a result of DUI, DUI first offense as well as driving on a suspended operator’s license.

This delivery truck crash on Indian River Road raises numerous questions including why this driver was behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle at all.

Fatal Delivery Truck Crash on Indian River Road – Two Lives Are Ruined

Haley Pitscheneder, a classmate of the two girls at Great Bridge High School told WAVY, the trucker took away “an innocent girl’s life” and likely ruined the life of her classmate forever.

The SUV driver who lost her life was due to graduate on June 16 and was due to attended Virginia Tech in the fall.

Robin Wilkerson, a resident on the narrow stretch of Indian River for two decades said the wreck took place at a bad curve which has seen previous casualties.

At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we have represented numerous families of people killed by drunk drivers and those who incur serious injuries.

We never represent drunk drivers. We sue them. Every year our personal injury lawyers represent families in wrongful death claims. However, no amount of money can make up for the loss of a life. See more from our Virginia Beach trucking accident lawyers here. Call us for a free consultation at (757) 455-0077.

Bill O'Mara


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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 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 Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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