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3 injured, 1 killed in Virginia car accident

Driving recklessly and at high speeds can lead to tragic consequences. According to police, the events just prior to a serious auto accident on a Virginia road involved a driver fleeing from police who were trying to pull him over. The 27-year-old driver was operating a Suzuki SUV around 10 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 5.

According to police, the driver fled from the attempted traffic stop. He drove into a nearby intersection, where he crashed into a Chevy van. The van was hit with enough force that it traveled across the intersection and into another car. According to police, the driver of the van died as a result of the crash. Two passengers in the SUV were injured, and no one was injured in the third vehicle.

Authorities indicate that the 27-year-old driver is being charged in the incident. Charges include second degree murder, DUI maiming, felony eluding, a first-offense DUI, driving on a suspended license, not wearing a seat belt, among others. Police report that speed and alcohol are factors in the accident.

According to police, the 27-year-old driver was ejected from his vehicle during the crash. Two passengers in the SUV had to be pulled free by police. The driver of the Chevy van was pronounced dead on the scene. According to reports, he leaves behind a wife, two children and thirteen grandchildren.

When another driver's negligent or reckless actions cause an accident, victims have a right to seek compensation from the other driver and his or her insurance company. In this case, those injured in the accident, as well as the family of the deceased man may have a basis for a personal injury claim. Claims might include compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Source: WTKR, "UPDATE: Arrest made after fatal Virginia Beach car crash" Erica Greenway, Jan. 05, 2014

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