A trip to see a visiting relative became fatal when a mother and daughter were killed in a car accident. Authorities are still trying to determine why a pickup truck swerved into the center median of the interstate and slid sideways into oncoming traffic. The driver of the other vehicle sustained life-threatening injuries, but is now reported to be in good condition. No charges have yet been filed as a result of the car accident, according to Virginia State Police.
As authorities continue their investigation, the possible cause of the deadly crash may become clear. According to police, the 31-year-old mother and her 12-year-old daughter were driving to Virginia Beach to see the girl's grandmother who was visiting from the west coast. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the driver of the other vehicle, a Dodge pickup, was out on bond at the time of the accident.
The pickup driver has a felony arrest record and had recently been released from the Chesapeake Correctional Center on two counts of theft from a grocery store. The man is due back in Chesapeake Circuit Court on Oct. 31 to begin his trial. It should also be noted that the pickup driver had been convicted on Sept. 3 for inhaling drugs in Chesapeake General District Court.
Under Virginia law, the family of the deceased may have the opportunity to file a wrongful death claim against the pickup truck driver in this car accident. There is no amount of money that can replace these two women in their family. However, it could provide aid for the financial burden faced by the family in this time of crisis.
Source: hamptonroads.com, Woman, 12-year-old daughter remembered after crash, Lauren King and Mary Beth Cleavelin, Sept. 28, 2013