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.

John Cooper

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