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Victim of Suspected Drunk Driver in Virginia Beach Remains in Critical Condition

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Victim of Suspected Drunk Driver in Virginia Beach Remains in Critical Condition

A wreck in which a suspected drunk driver in Virginia Beach hit two Great Bridge High School students has shocked the Hampton Roads community.

The driver was behind the wheel of a box truck for a furniture company. One of the students died and the other one was left in a critical condition in the crash on Indian River Road.

Debbie Leger, the mother of the badly injured 18-year-old told Channel 13 she told her daughter to be careful about drunk drivers before leaving on a work trip for Dallas. She little imagined the tragedy that would occur.

Her daughter is a senior at Great Bridge High School. She is set to graduate and attend Virginia Tech in the fall.

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Police in Virginia Beach charged a 31-year-old delivery truck driver with DUI and other offenses after he lost control of his truck, over-corrected, crossed the center line and struck the SUV the students were traveling in.

Suspected Drunk Driver in Virginia Beach is Hit with Multiple Charges

The trucker was subsequently charged with Maiming as a Result of DUI, Involuntary Manslaughter, Felony hit and run resulting in death, DUI 1st offense, and Driving on a Suspended Operator's License. Further charges are reported to be pending.

The driver made his first court appearance this week since the crash in Pungo, reported the Virginian-Pilot.

He appeared before Judge Teresa Hammons during a brief arraignment hearing in Virginia Beach General District Court.

The Pilot reported on court documents that suggested Johnson left his truck and attempted to flee from police. The report said he showed signs of impairment on three field sobriety tests.

Johnson worked for Great Bridge Furniture for 14 years, the document stated. While it did not indicate his position the Pilot reported the document said he did not have a commercial driver’s license.

This is a terrible and disturbing incident. One young life was wiped out and another girl was critically injured by a suspected drunk driver in Virginia Beach. Our thoughts are with the families of these two young women.

The accident raises many questions including why this driver was behind the wheel of a delivery truck.

At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we have written numerous articles about the terrible waste of life caused by drunk drivers. Read more here about intoxicated driving in Virginia.

If you have been hurt in an accident involving a drunk driver or lost a loved one, please call us at (757) 455-0077.

Griff O'Hanlon

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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 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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