It is sometimes difficult to fully appreciate the fact that a single, relatively minor miscalculation when driving can have severe, even fatal consequences. Unfortunately, a recent car accident in Virginia has now resulted in a fatality and an arrest. State police believe that driving under the influence, or DUI, was a factor.
The incident happened during the early morning hours of a day in early April. According to police reports, a 38-year-old man was driving a sedan; though police claim that speed was involved, it was unclear how fast the vehicle was traveling at the time of the accident. Unfortunately, the vehicle is said to have ran off the left side of the road, and the driver overcorrected.
The vehicle then excited the right side of the road before it hit an embankment and flipped. Though the driver suffered only minor injuries, reports indicate that a 25-year-old male passenger was not wearing a safety belt and died after being ejected. Two female passengers were also injured.
The driver now faces multiple charges related to the allegations of DUI and is being held without bond. In the immediate aftermath of an accident such as this, accusations are often made even though there is not a full understanding of what happened. Regardless of claims made by law enforcement officers, those accused of a crime in Virginia and across the country are presumed to be innocent unless sufficient evidence is provided to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Many people facing criminal charges are unsure of their options, often prompting them to seek a professional for advice as they respond to the accusations against them.