Man Charged in Fireworks Death

By Peter DePaolis

A 19-year-old Centreville man is charged with involuntary manslaughter after his friend fell off a moving pickup truck he was driving and died. The man was lighting fireworks off the truck’s bed, while it was moving, and the force of the fireworks caused his friend to have to jump or fall from the truck.

When the man’s friend fell from the truck, he sustained severe injuries and was taken to a Fairfax hospital, according to Loudoun authorities. He died six days later. The deceased man was a Marine recruit about to report to basic training.

When you set off fireworks in Virginia, you need to make sure the pyrotechnics are set on solid ground away from all people and vehicles. Because fireworks carry a great deal of force and an open flame, they should be only set off clear of all people.

If you’ve been involved in an incident of this type, please contact the Virginia injury attorneys at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.