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Trial Begins for Norfolk Drunk Driver in Fatal Wreck

by | October 26th, 2011

October 26, 2011

The trial began this week for a Norfolk, Virginia, man who got drunk and crashed his friend’s car in August 2010, killing three passengers.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the 32-year-old man went to trial on Monday on three counts of aggravated involuntary manslaughter, for the deaths of an 18-year-old, 19-year-old, and 29-year-old. The crash, which occurred in the 1800 block of East Indian Road on August 11, 2010, also injured three people when the car ripped through a guardrail and into a group of trees.

Prosecutor Patricia O’Boyle told jurors on Monday that the driver reached speeds of up to 110 miles per hour as passengers yelled for him to slow down. His blood alcohol content level was later shown to be three times the legal limit.

In connection with the crash, the man also faces charges of driving while intoxicated, driving with a revoked license, purchasing alcohol for a minor, and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. These charges will be addressed in separate trials.

The driver’s defense attorney told jurors that a front-seat passenger jerked his wheel, causing the accident. O’Boyle said the car was so badly wrecked that rescue crews “could hardly tell it was a car.”

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6 People Injured in Norfolk Crash on I-64 West

by | August 23rd, 2011

August 23, 2011

Speed and alcohol contributed to a two-vehicle crash that badly injured six people early on the morning of Tuesday, August 23, on I-64 in Norfolk, Virginia.

WVEC reports that the crash occurred around 2:10 a.m. when a speeding 2005 Volkswagen GYTI veered into the left lane and rear-ended a VDOT contractor’s truck.

Virginia State Police Spokeswoman Michelle Anaya says the truck’s driver and two other VDOT employees had been dispatched to clean drains and do other maintenance. They had completed that work and were picking up cones from the work zone, preparing to reopen a closed lane.

The three people in the Volkswagen were hurt in the crash, along with the three VDOT employees, who were thrown from the truck.

The crash closed the westbound lanes of Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel for five hours, reopening around 7:30 a.m.

Anaya has confirmed that both speed and alcohol played a role in the crash, for which charges are pending.

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