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Two Drivers Are Accused of Fatal DWI Crash in Virginia Beach

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Two Drivers Are Accused of Fatal DWI Crash in Virginia Beach

Seldom a week goes by in Virginia without a reminder of the horrors of drunk driving. A case being heard in court in Virginia Beach provides the latest sobering prompt.

Prosecutors have charged a 33-year-old and a 32-year-old man with involuntary manslaughter over a fatal crash in 2015. The 33-year-old is also facing DUI charges along with refusal of test and the 32-year-old is accused of DUI and disorderly conduct.

Police said Heidi Freeman was killed in a crash involving two vehicles at the intersection of Newtown Road and Greenwich Road in Virginia Beach in April 2015. Four others were injured in this terrible crash, one of them seriously.

DUIs cause deaths in Virginia

Two drivers were charged with DUI after the Virginia Beach crash.

Police later accused the 32-year-old of causing the crash. They said he was driving at 70 mph in a 35 mph zone. A report stated he pleaded guilty on Tuesday.

Freeman was a passenger in the car driven by the 33-year-old, reported WAVY.com. His defense counsel says it does not matter if he was driving under the influence because there is nothing he could have done to prevent the wreck.

How Alcohol Can Cause a Fatal DWI Crash in Virginia

In 2015, alcohol was linked to 32 percent of fatal crashes in Virginia, states the DMV. Last year, 241 people lost their lives because of drunk drivers. Although numbers have decreased and the 2015 figure was the lowest since 1990, one life is one too many.

In 2014, 4,917 people were injured in DWI accidents in Virginia. That’s down from 535 deaths and 14,070 injuries in 1990.

If you are driving under the influence of alcohol, you may think you are in control but your reactions will be slowed down, and you can make errors of judgment. It’s also not uncommon for drunk drivers to speed and drive recklessly.

Virginia Beach often has the highest number of drunk driving convictions in the state. Many drivers who are behind the wheel with levels of alcohol just under the illegal level are also linked to crashes. See our Virginia DWI crash resources.

If you have lost a loved one to a drunk driver or suffered an injury, call us at (757) 455-0077.

Jim Hurley

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