I was saddened to read about the death of a scooter rider in Norfolk this week and shocked when police charged a driver with DUI over the death.
WAVY.com reported that Norfolk Police have charged a 61-year-old man over a deadly crash involving a scooter on the night of June 3.
The crash took place just before 7 p.m. in the area of Kempsville Road and Lowery Road. Emergency crews arrived on the scene to find a 29-year-old woman suffering serious injuries.
The victim was identified as Tamika Anna Victoria Gustinell of Norfolk. She was taken by ambulance to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital where she later died of her injuries.
Police said the driver of the other vehicle involved was arrested and charged with DUI – prescription drugs, reported WAVY.com.
My thoughts in the wake of this accident are with the family of Ms. Gustinell. It appears this woman, who should have had her life ahead of her, allegedly died due to the actions of an intoxicated driver.
Nationally 37 percent of fatal crashes are caused by drivers who are legally intoxicated and whose judgment is impaired. It can be hard enough to notice a scooter or a motorcycle if you are not drunk and I see many mistakes by car drivers that lead to horrendous injuries or a loss of life to motorcyclists.
Virginia allows drunk driving victims to recover punitive damages under special circumstances. If you have lost a loved one from the actions of a drunk driver in Virginia, you will have a good case to file a wrongful death case. It won’t make up for the loss of a loved one but it can provide desperately needed funds at a time of hardship.
Contact our Norfolk, Virginia wrongful death attorneys at 757.455.0077 today for a free consultation.