Drunk drivers cause untold misery on the highways of Hampton Roads. I was saddened this week to hear about the death of Teja Freeman, a woman from Norfolk who lost her life in an alleged DUI crash in Virginia Beach.
A report on WAVY.com noted how a 28-year-old man is charged with involuntary manslaughter – DUI, over the fatal I-264 wreck that claimed the life of Teja Freeman, 22.
Police reports stated the Norfolk woman was killed when a pickup crashed into the back of her car in the westbound lane of I-264.
Police said the Mazda 3 was stopped in the left lane of the interstate with its hazard lights on when a 2005 Toyota Tacoma pickup crashed into it from behind early on Sunday morning. It’s not the first time in recent years that the occupant of a stopped car on the Virginia Beach interstate has been killed in a crash. Last year, two children died when their broken-down car was hit.
Teja Freeman was reported to be driving home after a night out with co-workers. It’s not clear why her car was stopped in the left lane with its hazard lights on.
Was Pickup Driver Tailgating Before Crash Killed Teja Freeman?
WAVY.com spoke with another driver who was on the road that night who said the pick-up truck was driving too close to him before the crash. The pickup passed him and then hit the stopped car. The other driver stopped to help at the wreck scene. He said the Mazda’s back end was crumpled by the force of the impact.
Freeman was a certified dental assistant who had everything to live for. Our condolences go to her family.
Every year, many drivers and passengers lose their lives on the highways of Virginia due to the actions of intoxicated drivers.
In 2015, 241 people lost their lives on the highways of Virginia due to the actions of drunk drivers, according to Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.
Although the number of highway deaths was down on 2014 and these fatalities show a long-term decline, there are no grounds for complacency. If you have lost a loved one, a single DUI death is one too many.
The victim of drunk drivers or their families can claim for punitive (additional) damages in some of these cases if the driver refused to take a breath test of has a blood/alcohol content above .15 percent. Read more about DUI accidents here.
If you have lost a loved one due to the actions of an alleged drunk driver or suffered an injury, please contact us for a free consultation. Call us at (757) 455-0077. At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we never represent drunk drivers.