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Virginia man charged with DUI following fatal accident

Virginia police recently arrested a man for allegedly causing a deadly accident while under the influence of alcohol. He is currently facing at least one charge for aggravated DUI manslaughter. In addition to one fatality victim, there were also two minors who suffered injuries.

Sometime in the morning on Oct. 22, 2020, a 26-year-old man was driving and made a left-hand turn, heading south in the northbound lane. A 32-year-old woman was traveling northbound on the same road at the time, and the two were apparently unable to avoid a collision. The two vehicles then struck head-on.

The female driver in the second vehicle was not wearing her seat belt and suffered fatal injuries. There were also two children under the age of 10 in the second vehicle at the time of the wreck, although their relationship to the driver is not clear. Authorities say that both children were properly restrained in the backseat, but they were still injured and taken to a hospital for treatment. The driver of the first vehicle was not hurt in the collision.

Police said they had figured out that the driver supposedly responsible for the accident had drunk alcohol before getting behind the wheel. There are several methods that police in Virginia use for determining a driver’s blood alcohol content, including field sobriety tests, Breathlyzers and blood tests. The results of these kinds of tests are often used to pursue criminal charges. However, some defendants choose to challenge the validity of their BAC testing, which can prove helpful when fighting DUI charges.