VA Beach Wrongful Death Attorney Report – DUI Driver Who Killed Friend in Virginia Beach Wreck Faces Jail Time

By John Cooper, VA Beach Drunk Driving Accident Injury Lawyer

Christopher Alan Sell was not only driving drunk in Virginia Beach but he had been drinking underage.

Worse still he drove into a tree, injuring one of his friends and killing another.

Although we see many disturbing drunk driving cases as experienced Virginia Beach wrongful death attorneys, this case represents a tragic waste of lives on so many levels.


Sell, who is 20, will serve up to 16 months in jail for the drunken-driving crash in 2011 that killed his friend, the Virginian-Pilot reported.

In February he pleaded guilty to drunken driving, involuntary manslaughter, underage possession of alcohol and possessing a fake driver’s license. A Circuit Court judge sentenced him to about a year and four months jail time on the charges on May 30, 2012, according to the Virginian-Pilot with a further four years suspended.

Sell has admitted buying drinks with a fake ID at two bars and crashing his car into trees on West Neck Road, killing a 19-year-old and injuring another passenger.

The circumstances of this case could also give rise to a wrongful death claim.

In numerous articles our injury attorneys have described how drunken drivers cause injury, death and misery in Virginia Beach.

Our thoughts are with the family of this 19-year-old whose life was cut short by an irresponsible night of underage drinking.


The Virginia Beach and Norfolk, VA 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 cases.
John Cooper grew up and was educated in Virginia Beach and handles many cases from the city. John Cooper and his partner Jim Hurley have more than 40 years of combined experience in handling personal injury claims.
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 Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News and throughout Virginia as well as in north eastern North Carolina. We 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 at (757) 309-4711 or make an appointment to visit our Virginia Beach office at 4445 Corporation Lane, Suite #187, Virginia Beach, VA, 23462. For a free consultation with a specialized Norfolk or Virginia Beach, VA 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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