Norfolk, VA (May 4, 2021) – A Norfolk woman was charged with driving under the influence after two women in the car with her died and a third victim sustained serious injuries after a car crash that occurred on Sunday morning, May 2.
Tahlia C. Ricks, 21, was arrested at the scene and charged with a DUI after the crash, police said in a news release.
Police were called to the 4200 block of Granby Street, near Llewellyn Avenue, around 1:30 a.m. for a report of a car accident. Police said Ricks’ sedan was heading southbound on Granby Street when it hit a pole. Two Suffolk women, identified as 19-year-old Sateya N. Baker and 25-year-old Jendaya C. Hunter, were transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with life-threatening injuries via ambulance. They later died at the hospital.
A third passenger, identified only as a 20-year-old woman, was taken to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Ricks was also hurt but was treated, police said.
The investigation is ongoing.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the families of Sateya N. Baker and Jendaya C. Hunter. Our thoughts are with the injured victim in hopes of a full recovery.
Fatal Car Accidents in Virginia
Each year, hundreds of people are killed in traffic-related incidents throughout the commonwealth of Virginia. Although these accidents are often preventable, we are forced to witness the overwhelming consequences families are forced to endure. Hundreds of victims are rushed to area hospitals after their accidents where they have to undergo emergency medical treatment and spend days or even weeks in recovery. Victims often require therapy for their injuries, which is time-consuming and costly. Unfortunately, not every accident victim is able to recover.
In many cases, the negligent or reckless actions of others are the cause of the accidents. Statistics show that more than 80% of accidents are caused by drivers who are texting, talking on their phones, impaired, or engaging in reckless behaviors while operating their vehicles. When people sustain fatal injuries in accidents caused by the actions of other motorists, their families should reach out to a wrongful death attorney in Virginia as soon as possible. Families may be entitled to compensation to help alleviate the financial burdens they face moving forward.
Working with a competent Virginia Beach attorney will ensure your family is able to move forward and recover after experience a loss resulting from the negligence of another driver. Virginia personal injury attorney Ron Kramer of Virginia Beach Law Firm has extensive experience helping grieving families get the justice they deserve after losing a loved one in a preventable collision. We provide proven and effective legal guidance to ensure our clients are able to protect their legal rights after enduring a tragic loss. Our team stops at nothing to ensure our clients are in the best position possible to move forward. If you’ve lost a loved one in an auto accident in the Virginia Beach area, contact our Virginia personal injury law firm at (757) 802-4662 to schedule a free case evaluation at your earliest convenience to explore legal options available for you.
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