A car accident can happen at any time of the day or night. Even a single moment of inattention can cause a driver to fail to notice a car stopped at a traffic light, for example. Unfortunately, a recent fatal accident in Virginia has resulted in an accusation of drunk driving against one driver.
The incident reportedly happened around 8:30 a.m. on a day in late December. According to reports, a sedan containing five people was stopped at a traffic light when it was struck from behind by a pickup truck driven by a 56-year-old man. Unfortunately, a 79-year-old female passenger in the sedan died, allegedly as a result of injuries suffered in the collision.
Five people — four from the sedan and a passenger in the pickup truck — were transported to the hospital for treatment. Of those transported, two reportedly suffered life-threatening injuries. The man allegedly driving the pickup truck has since been charged with driving while intoxicated and involuntary manslaughter.
An unexpected loss of life such as occurred in this accident is always a tragedy, and the desire for answers and accountability is understandable. Despite this, it is unclear what evidence supports the accusations that drunk driving was a factor in the Virginia crash. In all cases involving criminal charges, there must be sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in order to convict someone — a standard that is often difficult to meet. An attorney with experience with such cases can help the man carefully examine all the details of the case against him and help create a plan to respond to the allegations.