Reports obtained from first responders at the scene of a car wreck in Sandbridge in Virginia Beach that killed four last week, suggest alcohol and speed may have been factors in the tragedy.
Media reports suggested the driver who caused the tragedy that killed herself and three children, smelled of alcohol and was speeding.
The crash occurred on April 16 in the 500 block of Sandbridge Road in Virginia Beach. Police initially confirmed the deaths of two children in the hours after the Sandbridge crash.
Later they confirmed the death of the driver Marlo Bayot and another child. The Nissan Sentra being driven by Baylot went off the roadway, the driver overcorrected and it was hit by a Toyota Tacoma pickup. Three other children were seriously injured in the crash.
My thoughts are with the family of those who died. No parent should ever have to go through this kind of grief, which is why it’s important that investigators discover the cause of one of the worst auto accidents in Virginia Beach in recent years.
Bayot was not the mother of the children who died, reported WAVY.com. The station reported she was engaged to the father and uncle of the children.
“According to an affidavit related to the crash, a Virginia Beach firefighter who responded to the crash said he could smell alcohol on the driver of the Sentra, who was identified as Bayot. The firefighter told this to an officer with the crash team,” reported WAVY.com.
The affidavit also stated Bayot was traveling 62 mph in a posted 35 mph zone immediately before the crash. The crash has also reawakened safety concerns about Sandbridge Road which has seen many fatal crashes.
Although there has been no official confirmation that the driver was drunk or driving above the legal limit, we do know that alcohol and speed and alcohol can be a deadly combination. If you have lost a loved one or if you have been seriously injured by the actions of a drunk driver, you may have grounds to file a claim for damages against their insurance policy. You may also be awarded punitive damages, which are additional damages intended to punish drunk drivers. Call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077 for a free consultation or see Cooperhurley.com.