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Friends Remember Great Bridge High School Student Killed in Va Beach Truck Wreck

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Friends Remember Great Bridge High School Student Killed in Va Beach Truck Wreck

There are few things more tragic than a young life lost due to the actions of another driver. Sadly, this scenario was played out in Chesapeake on Friday when about 150 Great Bridge students remembered a teen driver who was killed by a truck whose driver was later charged with DUI.

The tragic event was recounted by the Virginian-Pilot. The students sat in silence at a vigil for their popular classmate who was due to attend Virginia Tech in the fall.

Steve Rawls, the area director for Christian student group Young Life, led the students in prayer. Just hours earlier two teens from Great Bridge High School were involved in a crash with a delivery truck on Indian River Road in Virginia Beach.

delivery truck crash on Indian River Road killed a student

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

A trucker lost control of his vehicle and crossed a center line causing a head-on collision with the SUV the girls were traveling in.

A second student from Great Bridge High School is reported to be in a critical condition.

Our thoughts are with the families of the accident victims and their friends at this tragic time.

The 31-year-old driver was subsequently charged with involuntary manslaughter, maiming, hit and run, DUI and driving on a suspended license in relation to the crash.

The Pilot reported how the at-fault driver has a long past of criminal and traffic violations.

Even before his arrest, he was charged with driving with a suspended license, a failed inspection dating from April and an expired registration.

Alarmingly, this driver was allowed to be a delivery driver for a local business. The Pilot report stated the name of a furniture business was on the side of the vehicle.

People who employ commercial drivers are under a duty to check their driving records as well as to find out if drivers have previous drug or alcohol offenses.

When crashes are caused by commercial trucks a company or trucking operator can be held liable for injuries and deaths caused by a trucker.

Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers is the author of The Best Book About Virginia Trucking Accidents. We have extensive experience in representing people hurt in trucking wrecks and the families of those who lost their lives. See our results here or call us for a free and confidential 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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