Virginia Beach Teen Dies in DUI Linked Crash in Richmond

By John Cooper, Virginia Beach Accident Injury Attorney

The man charged with killing a popular student from Virginia Beach, VA while driving under the influence of alcohol in Richmond, is facing the prospect of a long jail sentence.


The 23-year-old has been charged with DUI, refusal to submit to a blood or breath test and felony manslaughter in the car accident that killed a 19-year-old Virginia Commonwealth University student from Virginia Beach and left two other VCU students injured, International Business Times reported. Meanwhile in Richmond friends of the dead student boarded a bus on Feb. 25, 2012, to take them to her funeral in Virginia Beach.

The university provided the bus service. Meanwhile the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond became a shrine to the student, with candles and messages, TV stations reported.

The fatal accident occurred at the intersection of Second Street and Canal Street in Richmond, VA, on Feb. 22, 2012.

Tributes poured in for the popular VCU student on Feb. 23. She was a biology major at VCU, as well as an active member of the Cathedral of Sacred Heart in Richmond, the International Business Times reported.

And she worked as part of its Campus Ministry community at the university.

VCU president Michael Rao said in statement to The Times-Dispatch : “I express tremendous sadness at the tragic loss of one of our students early today in a car crash in Richmond,”

As experienced Virginia Beach, VA wrongful death attorneys, we are saddened at this waste of a young life.

If the driver of the car that hit the Toyota this student was a passenger in and sent it smashing into a wall, is convicted of felony manslaughter and was found to be drunk, he could face a sentence of as much as 20 years in jail.

He could also face a wrongful death lawsuit in which the victim’s family stands to recover additional money for their terrible loss. In Virginia, you can receive punitive damages as well as compensatory damages if the person who caused an accident was grossly negligent.  Grossly negligent behavior includes driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.


The Norfolk and Virginia Beach based personal injury law firm, Cooper Hurley, handles car, truck, and motorcycle injuries as well as brain injury, wrongful death, railroad workers’ injuries (FELA) mesothelioma and medical malpractice. John Cooper and Jim Hurley have over 40 years of combined experience in handling auto injury accident claims. Attorney John Cooper has been named to Virginia “Super Lawyers” since 2010 and has been a member since 2011 of the Multimillion dollar Advocates Roundtable. Cooper Hurley represents people hurt in accidents in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News and throughout VA, and always put the best interests of our clients first. The firm is recognized by other lawyers as “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, a national attorney rating service, for our top level of legal skill and highest ethical standards. If you need help or advice about a serious injury, please call us (757) 455 -0077. For a free consultation with a specialized Hampton Roads, Virginia personal injury lawyer contact us through this website

About Cooper Hurley Law

Experienced personal injury attorneys John Cooper and Jim Hurley are the partners of the Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers. They are joined by attorneys Griff O'Hanlon and Bill O'Mara. The firm has a main office in Norfolk and client meeting locations in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk, Hampton, Portsmouth and the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Cooper Hurley works with clients who have been injured in car, truck and motorcycle accidents, those who have lost a loved one in a wrongful death, and people hurt at businesses and by dangerous products.
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