Van Driver Charged Over I-95 Crash in Virginia that Left Six Dead

A van driver has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the wake of a crash in Virginia that left six passengers dead.

The fatal two-vehicle crash in Caroline County last weekend claimed the lives of six people in the van. Our deepest condolences go out to the families of those who lost their loved ones.

This week police said the 50-year-old driver from Chicago had been charged with reckless driving and six counts of involuntary manslaughter.

The wreck occurred last Saturday morning on Interstate 95 northbound at the 112.4-mile marker at about 12:30 a.m.

Virginia State Police said a Dodge van containing 16 people was, traveling north on I-95, when it veered off the road to the left, before swerving right across two travel lanes and hitting a Toyota Camry.

Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Steve Vick said the van overturned half a dozen times. Tragically, six people in the van died at the scene, including a child. According to reports, they were not wearing seat belts.

The van driver and nine other passengers who were inside were transported to Mary Washington Hospital and Spotsylvania Regional Hospital for the treatment of serious injuries. The driver of Toyota was not injured.

The van was en route from North Carolina to New Jersey, according to reports.

This was a horrific incident that illustrates how quickly a wreck can become a major tragedy on the interstate where high speeds are often involved. It’s not clear what caused the driver to leave the interstate.

In 2011, four passengers were killed in a tour bus wreck in Caroline County when the driver fell asleep at the wheel and veered off I-95.

Passengers have rights in cases like this. If you lose a loved one, you often have cause to make a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance policy. If you have lost a loved one in a commercial bus accident, you may be able to sue the tour bus company.

You can read about the rights of passengers in crashes in Virginia, here.

We are well aware that passengers can be hesitant to make an insurance claim for their injuries if the driver was a friend or member of your family. However, if you have been injured as a passenger, you should make sure your medical bills are covered. If you lose a loved one, you will face numerous expenses.

If you have lost a loved one or suffered an injury on the highways of Virginia, please call us today at (757) 455-0077 for a free consultation.

Bill O'Mara

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