It often seems that accidents involving alcohol end with fatalities. Students at a Virginia college were left reeling after the death of a classmate who was the passenger in a drunk driving accident. The driver of the SUV, who originally fought against being tested for drugs or alcohol, is now facing charges for driving under the influence.
A senior at Washington and Lee University lost her life in a single vehicle drunk driving accident that occurred shortly after 1 a.m. recently. The driver of an SUV that was carrying nine passengers veered off of a rural road and crashed into a tree stump. From there, the vehicle proceeded to roll and eventually landed upside down.
The woman killed was riding in the rear of the vehicle at the time of impact. Two other students were seriously injured and rushed to the hospital. The driver of the SUV, a 21-year-old male, faces serious charges, including DUI and refusing alcohol testing.
The death of a young woman in the home stretch of her college career can hit friends and family hard. A vigil was held to honor her memory at her college campus, and grief counselors were made readily available to students and teachers. Sadly, a vigil does little to help families who are forced to shoulder the emotional trauma and unforeseen funeral costs in the aftermath of a drunk driving accident. In Virginia, families may file a wrongful death claim on behalf of their loved one's estate, which may help with funeral costs and other financial burdens caused by the drunk driving accident.