COVID-19 NOTIFICATION: To protect your safety in response to the threat of COVID-19, our staff is still available to serve you during our normal office hours. We are offering our clients and potential clients the option to connect with us via telephone, email and video-conferencing. Please call or email us to discuss your options.

Car crash reportedly involving DUI leads to 2 deaths

| Aug 7, 2015 | Car Accidents

Two individuals passed away following a recent car crash in West Virginia, understandably leaving their family members seeking answers as to how the crash could have taken place. The car crash happened on a Saturday. It occurred along Route 11 at about 3:30 a.m.

Police said that a 32-year-old woman was driving a vehicle on the route. She then reportedly attempted to pass another vehicle, going over a double yellow line. She struck another car and lost control of her vehicle. After losing control of the car, the woman allegedly struck a telephone pole as well as a wall made out of stone. The car then came to a rest near a tree and ended up catching fire.

None of the passengers in the other vehicle reportedly suffered injuries. Also, the 32-year-old woman and her front-seat passenger escaped their vehicle before it caught fire. However, two 28-year-old women who were in the car’s backseat died at the crash scene. The driver and front-seat passenger of the car that became ablaze fled the scene and were later found by authorities. The driver faces charges of leaving an accident scene leading to death as well as driving under the influence and causing death.

The families of the backseat passengers who died in the West Virginia car crash have the right to file wrongful death claims against the driver believed to have been driving under the influence. If the driver is convicted on DUI, the plaintiffs may choose to present proof of the conviction in an attempt to establish liability in civil court. Only after liability has been appropriately established will a judge determine claims for financial damages.

Source:, “UPDATE: Woman charged with DUI resulting in death after two people were killed in accident on Rt. 11“, July 25, 2015