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.

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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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