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After 21-year-old dies, Maryland man faces DUI charges

On New Year's Day, at about 2:30 in the morning, two vehicles were involved in a serious accident in Virginia. A 21-year-old man was killed in the wreck. Now the police have charged a 41-year-old man from Berwyn Heights, Maryland, with a DUI.

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The 41-year-old was reportedly on Route 19, going south, but he was in the northbound lanes. As he was driving the wrong direction, his pickup truck slammed head-on into a sedan that was heading north. The 21-year old man, who was from Virginia, was behind the wheel of that car, and he was killed at the crash site.

The alleged drunk driver suffered minor injuries, so the emergency crews did take him to the Russell County Medical Center so that he could get treatment. When the medical center cleared him for release, the state police were waiting to pick him up. The charges against him are for driving under the influence and aggravated involuntary manslaughter.

It took police a long time to clear the wreckage off of the road, but they said it was open again at about 7:45 in the morning -- roughly five hours and 15 minutes after the crash.

New Year's Day is one of the most dangerous days to be on the road, especially in the early hours of the morning, but a deadly DUI crash is always tragic. It's important for families to know what rights they have to compensation when a loved one is killed. It can help them with funeral costs, burial costs, and many other financial complications during an already difficult time.

Source: WSET, "Police charge man with DUI after fatal accident kills 21-year-old in Russell County," Catherine Doss, Jan. 02, 2017

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