Former Reality TV Star Pleads Guilty in Fatal Virginia Beach Drunk Driving Wreck
Drunk driving is never excusable. When it leads to the loss of a young life, it’s a very real and unnecessary tragedy. This morning, a former reality TV star admitted causing a fatal Virginia Beach drunk driving wreck.
The victim was Daniel Dill, of Suffolk, a 29-year-old Petty Officer 2nd Class in the Coast Guard with a wife and a promising career ahead of him.
According to media reports, Melissa Hancock, a former reality TV star, admitted causing the fatal Virginia Breach drunk driving wreck. She pleaded guilty to aggravated DUI manslaughter over the wrong-way crash on I-264 in November 2017. She hit a Mazda in a head-on crash, police say.
Hancock made frequent appearances on the Lifetime TV series Little Women: Atlanta, a reality show about women of short stature, according to media reports.
Police say Hancock was driving the wrong way on the interstate near the Virginia Beach oceanfront when she killed Dill. The U.S. Coast Guard technician was driving to pick up his wife and friends, who were celebrating her birthday. Our thoughts are with the family of this young Coast Guard.
Dill was a designated driver for the night. Tragically, the woman who hit him did not appoint a designated driver.
Court records found Hancock’s preliminary breath test to be well above the legal limit at .112. blood/alcohol content (BAC). Hancock reportedly told Virginia State Police she had had two to four mixed drinks at Peabody’s bar about an hour before the crash.
Drunk driving ruins lives both of the victims of a crash and for the DUI driver.
After pleading guilty to aggravated DUI manslaughter, Hancock faces up to 20 years in prison, reported Channel 13 news.
Criminal and Civil Actions After a Fatal Virginia Beach Drunk Driving Wreck
As well as criminal charges against a drunk driver, the at-fault driver may be sued in a wrongful death lawsuit over a fatality caused by intoxicated driving.
The loss of a loved one typically leaves family members with large medical costs and funeral costs.
Family members may recover for these costs by filing a wrongful death lawsuit as well as projected future income of a deceased loved one, lost work benefits or health benefits, projected future income of the decreased and loss of value of services to the family.
The number of deaths on the roads of Virginia rose by 10 percent in 2017 to 843, according to new figures from Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).
If you have lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident, please call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at (757) 455-0077.