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Driver Charged with Six Counts of Manslaughter

Deirnesa Jefferson5 months ago

The driver of a van that veered off a Virginia highway and flipped over multiple times after clipping a second vehicle was charged with six counts of manslaughter. 

Details about the Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident 

Multiple sources are reporting that Virginia state police have confirmed that four men, a woman, and a child died at the scene of the accident after being ejected from the vehicle on Interstate 95. The passengers were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. 

The driver, Wenceslao Cruz-Marquez, 50,  and nine other passengers in the vehicle were transported to local hospitals in serious condition. The driver of the other vehicle, a Toyota Camry, was not injured, police said.

Cruz-Marquez is facing six counts of involuntary manslaughter and has also been charged with reckless driving. Driver fatigue is considered a factor in the crash which is still under investigation at this time. 

Important Information about Vehicular Manslaughter 

According to information from legal source NOLO:

  • Drivers who unintentionally cause accidents that result in the deaths of passengers, occupants of other cars, or pedestrians may find themselves charged with the crime of vehicular manslaughter (also known as vehicular homicide).
  • Vehicular manslaughter charges are appropriate when the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or driving recklessly (or merely carelessly), or otherwise driving in an illegal manner—each state specifies the circumstances that will support charging this crime. 

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