Newport News, VA- Police have charged Chesapeake woman with involuntary manslaughter after she caused a fatal accident and fled the scene.

According to reports, the accident occurred last Friday around 5:50 p.m. on Portsmouth Boulevard when a woman driving a Mercedes sedan rear-ended a SUV. Upon impact, the SUV was pushed into oncoming traffic where it was struck on the front passenger side.

Jamie Freeman who was sitting in the passenger seat suffered serious injuries. She was rushed to a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead, according to News Channel 3.

The driver of the Mercedes, later identified as 72 year-old Audrey Murphy, fled the scene of the accident. Later, police managed caught up with her at her home and found her sitting behind the wheel. Police told News Channel 3 that she was drunk.

Murphy was charged with driving under the influence, involuntary manslaughter, and fleeing the scene of an accident.

Freeman, 29, leaves behind a husband and a child.

If you are facing a DUI with enhanced charges you must have expert legal representation, especially if those enhanced charges are the result of fatal or injurious accident. DUI involuntary manslaughter is a felony punishable by jail so you are encourage to retain a competent defense attorney.

According to Virginia law, a DUI-involuntary manslaughter charge resulting from intoxicated driving is punishable by a maximum of 10 years in prison. However, if the alleged offender had a very high blood alcohol concentration, or the accused’s conduct is considered egregious or particularly heinous, an offender could be sentenced to as many as 20 years behind bars. A person convicted of this charges is also likely to have their licenses revoked and be required to participate on an alcohol assessment program.

Beyond the criminal consequences, a felony DUI conviction can have a host of negative effects on an individual’s personal life. You will have a criminal record that can be viewed by friends, family, employers and other members of the public. A person with a felony conviction also loses certain liberties Americans treasure such as the right to vote or own a firearm.

Even if you aren’t facing a felony DUI charge, you need a DUI defense attorney on working on your case. For a first DUI conviction, you face five days in jail, having your license suspended and you will be required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. The consequences of a DUI will persist even when you think you’ve paid your dues and served your sentence.

Our DUI attorneys serving Newport News have a strong track record of successful cases. You must have an attorney who can work with the courts and help you avoid conviction or negotiate for a plea bargain. There is too much at stake to try and handle your DUI charges alone. You need to contact an attorney as soon as possible and give them the time work on your defense.