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Reckless Driving State Law – Virginia Lawyers

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Reckless driving state law in Virginia.

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Shawn v. Commonwealth

Facts:

The driver of a car was killed when it was struck by a police cruiser during a high-speed chase to apprehend defendant. The Court of Appeals of Virginia State affirmed defendant’s conviction for involuntary manslaughter. The present court awarded defendant an appeal, in which he argued that there was insufficient evidence to support his conviction. Since defendant had not assigned error to the Court of Appeals’ holding that his driving conduct was criminally negligent, that holding was binding on appeal. Proximate causation was the only remaining issue. Because defendant’s actions put into operation the high-speed chase, the officer’s intervening actions were not a superseding cause that alone caused the driver’s death

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Holdings:

The Virginia Court made the following holding:
  • The Supreme Court of Virginia has defined criminal negligence with reference to gross negligence. Gross negligence is punishable as criminal negligence when acts of a wanton or willful character, committed or omitted, show a reckless or indifferent disregard of the rights of others, under circumstances reasonably calculated to produce injury, or which make it not improbable that injury will be occasioned, and the offender knows, or is charged with the knowledge of, the probable result of his acts. To convict a defendant of involuntary manslaughter based on such acts of criminal negligence, the Commonwealth must also prove that the defendant’s criminally negligent conduct was a proximate cause of the victim’s death
  • When a defendant challenges the sufficiency of the evidence, an appellate court considers the evidence in the light most favorable to the Commonwealth, the prevailing party in the circuit court, and the appellate court accords the Commonwealth the benefit of all reasonable inferences deducible from the evidence.

Reckless driving state law in Virginia.

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Article written by A Sris
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