No one likes to hear about car crashes, particularly when someone is injured. There are times when a crash is truly an accident and no one is specifically to blame.
Then there are other times when a car crash could have — and should have — been avoided. This was the case one evening in June when a motorist drove her car at 50 miles per hour onto the W&OD trail for five miles between Reston and Vienna in Virginia, hitting and seriously injuring a cyclist.
What was the driver thinking? Ttruth is, she was not thinking. She was drunk and was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and felony hit-and-run.
Imagine the fear experienced by the pedestrians, athletes, and neighbors enjoying the trail on a warm summer night. Some of the witnesses interviewed for an article in the Washington Post described jumping into the woods for safety.
“The driver is just lucky no one was killed,” says Herndon injury lawyer Doug Landau.