One Victim Dead in Virginia Bus Crash, Driver in Custody

By Peter DePaolis

According to The NY Daily News, a shuttle bus transporting a group back from a birthday party collided with a car and overturned before dawn on March 23 along a highway in Fairfax County, leaving one person dead and sending 16 others to the hospital.

The Virginia State Police said the bus was heading south on Interstate 95 around 3:30 a.m., when witnesses reported seeing a speeding white sedan swerve into the shuttle bus’ lane. The two vehicles collided, causing the bus driver to lose control, drive off the road and overturn.

The 31-year-old driver of the white sedan did not stop after the collision, and fled the scene. He was arrested later the same day and charged with one felony count of hit-and-run.

Nine people were ejected from the bus during the accident, some sustaining life-threatening injuries. A 24-year-old passenger in the shuttle bus died later at an area hospital.

What Can I Do If A Careless Driver Caused My Accident?

This fatal accident is proof that driver errors put everyone else on the road in danger. As attorney Julie Heiden discusses in the video above, while truck and car accidents are sometimes caused by uncontrollable circumstances, many auto accidents happen because of driver errors.

Driver errors are often caused by:

  • Inexperienced driving
  • Driver fatigue
  • Distracted driving
  • Aggressive driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol

Driver errors can even affect the outcome of a bad weather or defective product problem if the driver is distracted or inexperienced and fails to anticipate or prevent an accident.

If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a bus accident, call our firm today to schedule a free consultation. Also, feel free to visit our Facebook page for more information.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia Injury Attorneys


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.