Christmas Eve is typically a holiday where families who celebrate it gather and enjoy spending time together. However, for one Virginia family, the holiday turned into a nightmare. A 19-year-old woman was killed in a car accident on her way to her grandmother's house to celebrate the holiday. The driver of the vehicle faces numerous criminal charges resulting from the accident.
Just after 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve, the vehicle containing a total of four occupants was traveling north on I-295. According to the victim's mother, the two had spoken a few hours before the accident occurred, and the young woman was likely on her way to their family's holiday celebration. It is unclear why, but the driver of the vehicle lost control, causing the car to leave the road and roll over onto its roof.
As the authorities and emergency responders arrived, two of the four occupants -- one of whom was the driver -- were supposedly attempting to leave the scene. A third occupant remained at the scene, but tragically, the fourth occupant was pronounced dead on site. The driver of the vehicle was arrested on numerous charges, including reckless driving, involuntary manslaughter and hit-and-run. Additionally, the car he was driving appeared to be stolen.
The young man deemed responsible for the car accident faces a total of eight criminal charges in Virginia, and he may eventually face more. Additionally, if the victim's family chooses to do so, they could elect to file a wrongful death suit against the driver. If successful, not only would the family be monetarily recompensated for their damages, but they may also achieve a sense of justice following the loss of their loved one.
Source: wtvr.com, "Teen killed in Christmas Eve crash, driver charged with manslaughter", Robert Hughes and Jon Burkett, Dec. 26, 2014