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Coast Guard member killed in DWI accident

Fatal traffic accidents that involve alcohol always have an especially harsh emotional impact on the victim's family. A recent car accident near Virginia Beach which killed a U.S. Coast Guard Technician abounds in painful irony that will haunt the victim's family for many years.

The victim was on his way to pick up his wife and her friends after they had celebrated her birthday. He had offered to act as chauffeur because he did not drink and he wanted his wife and her friends to be able to enjoy themselves without worrying about their alcohol consumption. As he was driving on Interstate 264, a car traveling in the opposite direction crossed the median strip and hit the Coast Guardsman's vehicle head on. The Coast Guardsman suffered major spinal cord and brain injuries and died at the hospital one day after the accident.

The driver of the car that crossed the median was featured on a reality TV show about exceptionally short people. She was apparently not injured in the accident. She told police that she had consumed two to four mixed drinks at a local nightclub shortly before the accident. Police have said that her blood alcohol content was 0.112%, almost 50% over the legal limit of 0.08%. The driver was charged with driving while intoxicated and maiming.

The survivors of accidents of this kind are often consumed with grief in the days, weeks and months after the accident, and they often do not consider the possibility of recovering damages from the driver who is at fault. Nevertheless, a visit with a capable and compassionate attorney who handles car accident cases may help the family deal with their emotional anguish. A knowledgeable attorney can provide advice on the facts of the case and the chances of recovering damages for medical expenses and loss of companionship.

Source: CBS News, "Reality TV star killed Coast Guard member in DWI wreck, police say," Nov. 10, 2017

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