According to Virginia State Police, two sisters from Goochland were killed after a speeding drunk driver rear ended their 2012 Nissan Sentra on the Interstate 64. Rockville residents Sheila, 51, and Yolanda McCowan, 49, were on their way home after a family member’s baby shower when the accident occurred near mile marker 170.
The impact of the collision sent the sister’s car careening into a tree. Both were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash but did not survive. Sheila’s teenaged son Justin escaped with a broken collarbone. He said he closed his eyes before the crash and opened them only to find his mother dead in his lap. The drunk driver who was in a 2011 Hyundai Sonota also struck a third car, a Honda Fit, and a guardrail before coming to a halt.
Possible consequences of DUI involuntary manslaughter
Andrew Chavis, 24, the man responsible for the accident, was rushed to VCU Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. According to Virginia State Police, he was initially charged with a DUI which has been upgraded to two counts of involuntary manslaughter and booked at the Henrico County Jail.
According to Richmond VA DUI attorneys, Chavis, if convicted, can face up to 20 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter. In addition, he could lose his driving privileges for an indefinite period. Since it is a felony charge, the vehicle is subject to seizure and forfeiture.
Former UVA shooter charged with DUI
According to Charlottesville Police, Sean Singletary, 29, a former basketball star for the University of Virginia, had been charged with DUI. He was arrested after being pulled over for driving erratically on the 1200 block of Harris Street.
Singletary reportedly refused a blood test. The shooter had scored over 2,000 points for the university, averaging 16.9 points per game. His number 44 was retired by UVA in 2008. Singletary did make it to the NBA for a short while and played a little in Europe. He announced his retirement in July last year.
Ignition interlock device
Richmond VA DUI attorneys say that the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles mandates that anyone convicted of a first time DUI must have an ignition interlock system installed in their vehicle, regardless of court orders. Earlier, the systems were mandatory only if ordered by the court. The objective of the new law is to reduce the number of DUI related offences and accidents that in many cases result in deaths such as the latest fatal crash involving the two Goochland sisters.
In Virginia, some judges may order the use of an ignition interlock device for 6 months for first time DUI offenders. On the other hand, some judges may order that the device be installed for 12 months and later may order it removed after six months if there is no violation.
According to Richmond VA DUI attorneys this shows how seriously Virginia plans to deal with DUI offenses. A DUI conviction can have an adverse impact on any individual’s employment prospects, insurance costs, and social standing. Therefore it is essential for people to understand the importance of protecting their rights, which includes anyone who may be charged with a DUI offense, with the assistance of a DUI attorney.