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Virginia Beach Wrong Way Driver Crash Claimed Life of a Coast Guard

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Virginia Beach Wrong Way Driver Crash Claimed Life of a Coast Guard

Wrong way crashes occur more frequently than we think. Often they are fueled by alcohol. I was saddened to read about a recent Virginia Beach wrong way driver crash that killed a U.S. Coast Guard.

Media reports said a woman who starred in a reality TV show was charged with DUI/maiming and driving the wrong way after the fatal crash on Nov. 4.

State police say a car driven by the 25-year-old woman was traveling west in the eastbound lanes of I-264 close to Birdneck Road. The woman hit a 2009 Mazda head-on.

Virginia State Police troopers were called to the crash just after 2 a.m. on Nov. 4. Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Dill, of Suffolk, was the driver of the Mazda. The 29-year-old was taken to Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital where he later died.

This was a terrible and preventable tragedy and our thoughts are with the family of this young Coast Guard.

Virginia Beach Wrong Way Driver Crash

Virginia Beach Wrong Way Driver Crash on I-264

A United States Coast Guard spokesperson confirmed Dill was stationed at the Command, Control and Communications Engineering Center at Base Portsmouth.

The female driver who caused the accident was arrested and charged with DUI/maiming and driving the wrong way. The woman was held at Virginia Beach Jail without bond.

Media reports on TMZ stated the woman starred in the reality show Little Women: Atlanta.

The family of the Coast Guardsman gave an interview to WAVY10 this week. The report suggested the charges against the alleged wrong way driver were likely to be upgraded to manslaughter.

Virginia Beach Wrong Way Driver Crash – Was Alcohol a Factor?

WAVY quoted court records that stated the reality star’s preliminary breath test exceeded the legal limit at .112.  She reportedly told troopers she consumed two to four mixed drinks at Peabody’s nightclub an hour before the crash.

There are numerous causes of wrong way driving. As many as 60 percent of these wrecks are caused by drugs or alcohol while these wrecks normally occur at night.

Tiredness is another major cause of wrong way crashes in Virginia. Often a driver can end up confused and in the wrong way.

Head-on crashes are often the result of wrong way accidents. These are the most deadly kinds of wrecks. If you have lost a loved one in a wrong way driver crash please call our experienced Virginia wrongful death lawyers at (757) 455-0077.

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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 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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