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Alleged drunk driver hits, kills pedestrian in Northern Virginia

Humans are not meant to confront a car alone and unprotected. Cars are huge, heavy pieces of equipment that can cause terrific injury to an unprotected person, and for that matter, even a person safely ensconced in a car. Unfortunately, a tragic traffic accident occurred recently when a car collided with an innocent pedestrian. The pedestrian lost her life at the hands of an alleged drunk driver.

The car accident happened in Springfield, Virginia, when a 47-year-old woman was waiting for a bus. A 22-year-old driver lost control of his vehicle and struck the pedestrian. After the driver hit the woman, his car moved up an embankment before swerving back onto the road, at which point he crossed the median and hit another car headed westbound.

The pedestrian died from her injuries at the scene of the accident. Both the driver and his passengers, as well as the driver of the other vehicle struck in the westbound lane, were treated at local hospitals. The other driver and the passengers suffered minor injuries. The driver who hit the pedestrian was charged with driving while intoxicated, and it is likely he will face additional charges following this serious drunk driving accident.

When a family loses a loved one in an accident caused by a drunk driver, they can experience tremendous pain and suffering. They may be able to recover damages in a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver who caused the accident. Damages can be sought for loss of financial support and loss of the care, comfort and companionship of the deceased victim.

Source: newsleader.com, "Pedestrian killed, VA man charged with drunk driving in Springfield accident," Sept. 6, 2015

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