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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.

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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.

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