A Norfolk man received a jail term of six years, five months for a drunk driving crash that killed a 19-year-old woman in February on Northampton Boulevard, local media has reported.

According to additional press accounts, the Norfolk Circuit Court handed down the 24-year prison sentence (about 17 years of which were suspended) for driving under the influence (DUI), aggravated involuntary manslaughter, and maiming on November 5.

The length of the sentence was the most allowed under the terms of the offender’s plea bargain in which he entered into last July.  The conviction also stipulates a driver’s license revocation and ten years of probation after the man is released from prison.

The PilotOnline.com website quotes the prosecutor in the case as saying that the man, age 28, “was drunk and high on marijuana when he crossed several lanes of traffic and plowed into [the victim's] car.”

The victim, who was driving at the time of the accident, was killed in the collision, and her two passengers were injured, one of whom suffered a serious brain injury. The offender apparently walked away from the wreck with no injuries other than a cut lip.

Most Virginia motorists drive responsibly, fortunately. However, car accidents brought about by reckless or impaired drivers tragically cause serious injuries or even death every day on Virginia’s roads. And in addition to severe criminal and administrative penalties, a drunk driver can be held separately liable in civil court for money damages.

If you–or someone you love–have been injured in a Virginia automobile accident, do not hesitate to get in touch with the personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, P.C., Toll Free 877-544-5323, for a no-obligation consultation.


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