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Driver in fatal Virginia drunk driving accident out on bond

A drunk driving accident that occurred in the last week of April took the life of a 71-year-old pedestrian. Now, the man accused of striking the victim with his car is out of jail on a $20,000 bond.

According to court reports, here is a brief outline of how the drunk driving accident occurred. The 22-year-old driver reportedly ran off Williamson Road in Roanoke, Virginia, crashing into the 71-year-old male pedestrian. Instead of stopping, the driver continued on to his home. Reports indicate that he thought he had struck a deer initially.

Passersby spotted the victim and called 911 at just after 1 a.m., according to a statement by the police. The driver did return to the scene accompanied by his mother, but the report does not say how much time had passed before he returned. The driver was taken into custody at some point on charges of "felony hit-and-run, involuntary manslaughter and driving while intoxicated."

In a bond hearing on May 1, the defense requested that the defendant be released on bond. The state opposed this request but the defense attorney pointed out that the driver was not a flight risk and had no prior record.

The judge granted the request but imposed strict stipulations banning the driver from driving and from drinking while out on bond. Reportedly, the defendant seemed remorseful in the courtroom, crying and responding weakly to the judge's instructions.

It is safe to assume that no one wants to be responsible for the death of another human by being in a drunk driving accident. However, remorse and feelings of guilt are often not enough punishment for the victim's family members. To pursue a more complete form of justice, victims can speak with a personal injury lawyer about their legal options.

Source: The Roanoke Times, "Driver charged in fatal hit-and-run granted bond with restrictions," Alicia Petska, May 01, 2017

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