Police in Newport News, Virginia has confirmed that alcohol was a factor in a car crash that sent three people to the hospital on the night of March 1st. Police said that the car was speeding on Jefferson Avenue near 50th Street when it struck a pole. The 28-year-old male driver, identified as Clinton Tyrice McPhail was uninjured. However, a 20-year-old female was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. A third passenger, a male 22-year-old, was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The victim, identified as Dallas Blowe, later succumbed to his injuries.

Newport News Police responded to the crash just after 9:17 PM on the night of March 1st. Shortly after the crash, another car hit the first car. The male driver in the other car was seriously injured. He was transported to the hospital and is listed in critical condition. Police say it was unclear how the second crash occurred. Newport News police have stated that McPhail will be facing charges of DUI, vehicular manslaughter, and other charges that stemmed from the accident.

According to 2017 numbers, over 7,000 drunk driving crashes have occurred in Virginia. Of those crashes about 248 people were killed. The number of drunk driving fatalities is below the national average according to the Center for Disease Control. Sobriety checkpoints set up by law enforcement ensure that alcohol-related car crashes like this are avoided every day. In the Commonwealth of Virginia, sobriety checkpoints are allowed.