A man has been charged with second degree murder and DUI over a crash in Virginia Beach that killed van driver Kelvin Spencer Bracy and injured two of his passengers.
My colleague Jim Hurley wrote about this crash earlier today. I was saddened to an alleged drunk driver who was being pursued by police caused the death of this popular 59-year-old from Virginia Beach.
It’s bad enough when you lose your life to a driver’s mistake. In this case police say a DUI driver was evading police when he crashed into Mr. Bracy’s van.
Tonya Borman with the Virginia Beach Police Department told WAVY.com the three vehicle crash happened on Lynnhaven Parkway near the intersection with Pleasant Valley Road at 10:04 p.m. on Sunday night.
Borman said a police officer attempted to stop a Suzuki XL7 for several traffic violations, but the driver ignored police and kept driving southbound on Lynnhaven Parkway before entering the Pleasant Valley Road intersection.
The Suzuki crashed into a van that was traveling eastbound and the van struck a third vehicle. The van driver, Mr. Bracy of Virginia Beach, died at the scene of the accident.
“It’s just a blow,” Bracy’s friend, Oscar Briley told WAVY “It just knocked us off our feet. He was so very, kind person; easy going guy.” Briley said Mr. Bracy was father and a husband and a local mailman who lived near the accident scene.
My deepest condolences go to Mr. Bracy’s family in the wake of this horrific crash. When a life is lost due to the fault of a drunk driver, the deceased’s family often have grounds to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. In Virginia the courts can award additional punitive damages for drunk driving. Despite all we know about the lethal nature of drunk driving, it remains a scourge in Virginia and beyond. Our law firm never defends drunk drivers. We sue them.
WAVY reported a 27-year-old man from Virginia Beach has been charged with second degree murder, felony eluding, DUI maiming, first offense DUI, refusal, driving on a suspended operators’ license and no seat belt.
Police said the Suzuki XL7 flipped onto its roof and caught fire. Police pulled two passengers out of the car and the two passengers and the driver were taken to the hospital with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. Passengers who are hurt can also have grounds for a claim against the insurance policy of an intoxicated driver who caused a crash.
Nobody was injured in a third vehicle that was hit in the crash.
If you have lost a loved one to a drunk driver, you should call our Virginia Beach DUI accident lawyers. Call Cooper Hurley at 757.455.0077 or see Cooperhurley.com