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Virginia Beach DUI Manslaughter Case is Sent to a Grand Jury

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Virginia Beach DUI Manslaughter Case is Sent to a Grand Jury

Drunk driving has terrible consequences for victims and perpetrators alike. A Virginia Beach DUI manslaughter case relating to the death of a student over the summer has been sent to a grand jury.

A preliminary hearing in General District Court for the 31-year-old box truck driver who is accused of killing one student and seriously injuring another on Indian River Road was held last week.

The crash in May killed Kaitlyn Duffy, an 18-year-old student at Indian River High School. The wreck critically injured her friend and fellow student Sabrina Mundorff.

Judge Elizabeth Hodges ruled there was enough evidence to send the case to a grand jury, the Virginian-Pilot reported.

Virginia Beach DUI manslaughter case

Virginia Beach DUI Manslaughter case as reported in the Pilot

Witnesses said they saw a furniture box truck driving erratically on Indian River Road toward Pungo. The driver is accused of veering off the road, overcorrecting and hitting an SUV with the students inside head-on.

Kaitlyn Duffy reportedly lost her life at the accident scene. Sabrina Mundorff was hospitalized for months and returned home recently from a rehabilitation facility in Atlanta.

Virginia Beach DUI Manslaughter Case Progresses

The actions of the box truck driver ruined two young lives and caused massive heartache to two families.

A report in the Virginian-Pilot stated police who arrested the box truck driver said he had trouble standing up and his speech was slurred. His blood/alcohol level was found to be 0.10 to 0.11 more than two hours after the fatal accident. That’s above the legal limit for driving in Virginia which is 0.08.

A check on the driver’s license found it to be revoked or suspended. The box truck driver is charged with DUI manslaughter, DUI maiming, and felony hit and run over the accident on May 19.

As experienced Virginia Beach DUI accident injury attorneys, we are well aware of the terrible toll drugs and alcohol can have on the roads of Virginia.

It is also deeply disturbing that a company employed a driver who allegedly had a suspended or revoked driving license.

If you have lost a loved one or been seriously injured due to the actions of a drunk driver, please call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers for a free consultation at (757) 455-0077.

Griff O'Hanlon

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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 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 Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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