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Virginia driver indicted for fatal accident that killed two

An indictment was finally handed down in connection with a fatal accident that occurred last summer in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. In July of 2014, a 30-year-old woman, who is believed to have been under the influence at the time, crossed the center line and hit two motorcycles head on. The two motorcyclists, a 51-year-old male and a 59-year-old male, were both pronounced dead at the scene of the fatal accident.

The driver admitted to having taken prescription medication before driving while she was still at the accident scene. She suffered minor injuries in the accident, and she was taken to Danville Regional Medical Center for treatment. While at the hospital, she admitted to being on several different medications due to a past surgery.

In late Feb. 2015, she was indicted on charges stemming from the accident. The charges she now faces include two counts each of involuntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter while intoxicated, and driving with a suspended license. Court records indicate that the woman had been charged with driving with a suspended license five times prior to the accident.

A fatal accident such as this one leaves victims' families with unexpected medical, funeral and burial expenses. Fortunately, victims' family members have legal recourse. They have the right to file wrongful death claims with Virginia civil courts in attempts to hold the drivers who they believe responsible for their loved ones' deaths liable. Successful claims may result in compensation for loss of wages, pain and suffering, and an award that will cover the final expenses and debts left by the deceased.

Source: godanriver.com, "Manslaughter indictments handed down in two fatal county wrecks", Allison M. Roberts, Feb. 24, 2015

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