West Neck Road DUI Accident Kills VB Teen

A fatal wreck occurred Saturday morning on West Neck Road in Pungo killing 19-year-old Virginia Beach teen.

Wavy10 reported that a teen driver was traveling around a curve when his Nissan Xterra went into a ditch and struck a series of trees around 1 a.m. Saturday morning. The vehicle was carrying 3 passengers at the time of the accident.

The 19-year-old victim was in the rear passenger seat was pronounced dead at the scene.  A 21-year-old was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The driver was treated at the scene for minor injuries, while the fourth passenger was not hurt.

The driver is being charged with illegal possession of alcohol, possession of an ID belonging to another person.  According to WVEC, he was also arrested for DUI.

DUI Leading Cause of Accidents and Death

DUI is one of the leading causes of accidents and deaths on America’s roads. In 2006 alcohol was involved in a full 41% of all fatalities, with 39% of fatalities in the State of Virginia caused by alcohol consumption. It’s so bad that experts estimate that an alcohol related fatality occurs approximately every 32 minutes.

Drivers who think that they can get away with having just a drink or two are sorely mistaken. Statistics show that 14% of deaths involved a low blood-alcohol level of between 0.01 and 0.07 BAC, with the remaining alcohol related deaths are attributed to blood alcohol levels of 0.08 and above. If you think that these statistics don’t affect you, then you’re wrong. Federal estimates reveal that 1 in 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol related accident sometime in their lives.

Virginia Drunk Driving Lawyer

Drunk driving accidents cause serious injury and wrongful death across Virginia everyday. If you or a loved one have been injured in a drunk driving accident that was not our fault, you have legal rights. Contact our Virginia personal injury lawyers to discuss your rights.