Reckless driving accident in Prince George, VA

Virginia Reckless Driving Crash

VA Reckess Driving accident
Emergency crews shutdown I-95

Police charged Michelle Witzel with reckless driving after a serious accident in Prince George County,Virginia, just south of Petersburg. The accident injured four people, and Interstate 95 northbound was temporarily shut down to allow a medical helicopter to land. No other vehicles were involved.

Witzel and her 11-year-old-son were flown to VCU Medical Center with serious injuries. Police shut down I-95 in Prince George for an hour to allow the helicopter to land and transport the patients to the hospital.

According to eye-witness reports, the single-vehicle crash occurred when Witzel, who was driving a 2002 Toyota Sequoia, tried to switch lanes but overcorrected to avoid hitting a vehicle in her blind spot. The SUV ran off the right side of the road and flipped over several times.

Witzel and her son both suffered serious injuries and were flown by helicopter to VCU Medical Center. Their injuries are said to be non-life threatening. Witzel’s two daughters, who were also passengers in the vehicle, were both taken by ambulance to Southside Regional Medical Center in Petersburg, Virginia. They suffered only minor injuries.

Police say all the passengers in the vehicle were wearing seat belts. Due to the accident, Witzel is now charged with reckless driving in Prince George County, Virginia.

Click here for the full story from CBS6.

Weiland Upton is a leading firm of Virginia Reckless Driving Lawyers

Call (804) 355-8037 for a free consultation

Man sentenced to five years for fatal Richmond DUI

VA DUI Gets 5 Years Jail Time

A Richmond, Virginia man has been sentenced to five years in prison for his role in a fatal, DUI-related hit-and-run that occurred in December near the John Marshall Courts Building.

Richmond Circuit Judge Bradley B. Cavedo sentenced Andre U. Vaughan to five years for his conviction on involuntary manslaughter, ten years with all ten suspended for felony hit-and-run charge, and twelve months with all but five days suspended for the DUI.

fatal dui driver gets 5 years

Vaughan has an extensive history of convictions involving domestic violence, but it was his lengthy history of substance and alcohol abuse which appears to have made the greatest impact in sentencing. Vaughan’s ex-wife was unaware of earlier convictions for driving offenses in Virginia, but did testify to Vaughan’s inability to overcome his addictions as he struggled with a life of alcohol and substance abuse.

Vaughan struck the victim, Bruce Lee Carter, near Clay 8th St in downtown Richmond VA and the incident was caught on closed-circuit TV from downtown cameras, which caught the moment of impact as Carter was sent sprawling ten feet. Vaughan initially fled the scene, but was soon spotted by police officers with a caved in windshield and damaged side mirror.

Vaughan was clearly intoxicated according to reports from officers called to the scene.

Vaughan pled guilty to all charges brought against him, including  felony hit and run and involuntary manslaughter (fatal Richmond DUI).

Click here for the full story from the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Weiland Upton is a leading firm of Virginia DUI Lawyers

Call (804) 355-8037 for a no obligation consultation

DUI REDUCED TO RECKLESS DRIVING/ REFUSAL DISMISSED

THE RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE UNDERTAKEN BY THE LAWYER. THE RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE.

On May 9, 2012, an attorney from Weiland Upton represented a client charged with a DUI and refusal.  If convicted of the DUI, the client would have received a high fine, a potential jail sentence, suspended license for one year and would have been required to attend the Virginia Alcohol Safety Program (VASAP).  Additionally, if the client had been convicted of the refusal, the client would have lost their license for an additional year with no opportunity to obtain a restricted license. Our attorney was able to convince the prosecutor to dismiss the refusal and reduce the the DUI to a reckless driving charge. As a result, the client paid a fine and id not have to attend the VASAP program or have their license suspended for any period of time. In this case, the client was arrested for DUI and taken to the jail to provide a breath sample as required under Virginia’s implied consent law.  Although the client made several attempts to blow into the machine, the client was physically unable to provide a strong enough breath sample to allow for a valid test result.  Because the police officer did not provide the client with the opportunity for a blood test, our attorney was prepared to argue that the police denied the client of an opportunity to obtain exculpatory evidence.

FELONY CRIMINAL RECORD EXPUNGED

THE RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE UNDERTAKEN BY THE LAWYER. THE RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE.

On April 30, 2012, an attorney from Weiland Upton appeared in a Virginia Circuit Court with a client who was originally charged with felony unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. After getting the case dismissed the attorney successfully convinced the judge to expunge the client’s record.  Thanks to the attorney’s effort, the client not only avoided a serious felony conviction, but as a result of the expungement his record is now perfectly clean and there is no record of the arrest.