While an area resident has finally received a sentence of four years in prison for a drunk driving crash that he caused in July 2017, his punishment has brought very little closure to the three victims that he seriously injured that fateful night.
At the Lynchburg man’s sentencing, the Commonwealth Attorney recounted how five people left a Fort Avenue house party just before 2:20 a.m. on July 2, 2017. She said that they were all walking in the grass nearby a church parking lot back en route to their cars when all of the sudden, a motorist fast approached them from behind and turned into their direction.
The collision’s impact caused two of them to be hurled into the air. One’s head crashed through the man’s windshield. Both ultimately landed in the center of Fort Avenue. Another victim had the back of their leg struck by the car. The defendant had pulled over 150 feet down the road after the crash.
A 27-year-old, the most seriously injured, was life-flighted to the University of Virginia Hospital with multiple injuries. They included road rash, a grade 5 liver laceration, right shoulder abrasions, a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), a fractured tibia and ankle and a concussion.
She endured several months of physical therapy after the crash and still struggles to bend her knee. She also continues to have a loss of taste and smell caused by her concussion, and her shoulder is severely scarred.
The defendant’s sentencing was a long time coming. He’d only agreed to plead guilty to two counts of driving under the influence (DUI) maiming back in November.
As part of his plea deal, much of the Virginia prosecutors’ proposed sentence was suspended. After he serves four years in prison, he’ll have to maintain good behavior for 10 years, complete two years of probation, avoid contacting his victims, have his driver’s license revoked, pay just over $15,000 in restitution and avoid drinking alcohol.
Drunk driving crashes often result in death because unlike motorists, who have the protection of the shell of a car around them, pedestrians do not. The injuries that pedestrians are left with after such crashes are often permanently debilitating and life-altering. Many times, they leave victims with a lifetime of medical costs. An attorney can work on your behalf to help you recover compensation.