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Virginia man faces manslaughter charges after fatal accident

A car accident is a terrible thing to go through, especially when the collision causes serious injuries or death. When and a passenger dies as a result of that action, it can be an emotional shock for both the driver and the family who has lost someone. Emotions don't change the reality of liability, though, and an at-fault driver may still be held financial responsible for damages or injuries. One man is facing charges of vehicular homicide following a fatal accident that took the life of a passenger in his car. According to reports, the man was driving a Mercedes on U.S. 501 in Virginia. The accident occurred in August 2013.

At a hearing this month, witnesses testified about the accident. A state trooper said that he smelled alcohol on the driver at the scene. According to testimony, the Mercedes allegedly left the road before hitting a guardrail and going airborne. When the trooper arrived, the car was resting upside down. Testimony regarding the accident investigation alleges that the driver overcorrected just before the car left the road. According to reports, the driver allegedly told a hospital worker that he wasn't driving the car. He later made a phone call to his aunt, saying that he'd killed his friend. No autopsy was performed on the body of the deceased man, but his body was reportedly exhumed for evidence purposes in the criminal case against the driver. A criminal case is one way that someone who caused a fatal accident is held responsible. Regardless of the presence or outcome of a criminal case, individuals who lose a loved one in an accident also have a right to seek a civil lawsuit for compensation.

Source: The News & Advance, "Involuntary manslaughter charge certified to grand jury in fatal wreck," June 30, 2014.

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