Driver Who Hit and Killed Man in Gloucester County, VA Had Taken Cocaine and Alcohol, According to Reports
The Gloucester Commonwealth’s Attorney is seeking to get a bond revoked on a man who is accused of taking a cocktail of drugs and alcohol before he hit and killed a driver in Gloucester County, according to reports.
The Daily Press reported Holly Smith is asking Judge Jeffrey Shaw to revoke the driver’s bond and to jail him after “hospital records revealed he had alcohol, cocaine, opiates and marijuana in his system.”
The report is based on documents filed in Gloucester General District Court.
The 40-year-old driver was arrested on November 2, 2012 on a charge of involuntary manslaughter and released just hours later after posting bond.
The charges come from a set of circumstances that shock and sadden me as an experienced Virginia personal injury and wrongful death attorney.
The defendant was driving south on Route 17 near the intersection of Willis Road on Oct. 27, 2012 when police say he hit a vehicle driven by Donald Troy Durham, 46. Durham died of severe injuries he sustained in the wreck two days later. His teenage daughter remains in hospital in Richmond in a serious condition.
In a few lethal seconds this driver, who is accused of being under the influence of drugs, wiped out the life of a man and may have left his daughter with injuries she will never fully recover from.
There is a clear case for the family of Mr. Durham, who have suffered a terrible loss, to launch a wrongful death action for the loss of their loved one, for the funeral and medical costs they have incurred and for a loss of his future earnings. His daughter also has a case for damages against the driver.
Smith is “concerned that no conditions have been set to ensure the safety of the community,” according to court documents, the Daily Press reported. She’s asking that the defendant be barred from driving a vehicle, which seems like a reasonable demand to me.
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