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Fairfax County Fire Chief Involved in Motor Vehicle Crash

Posted by Jeremy S. Letnick | May 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Recently, the Fairfax County Fire Chief, Richard Bowers, was involved in a motor vehicle crash.  As of May 27, 2016, no charges have been filed.  It appears that Chief Bowers was operating his assigned county vehicle when a 2002 BMW approached Rte. 29 from the Rte. 286 ramp when the front of the Fire Chief's Chevy Tahoe collided with the right side of the BMW in the intersection.  The driver of the BMV was transported to the Inova Fair Oaks Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  Richard Bowers was uninjured.  It is possible that one of the parties will be charged with reckless driving.

Reckless Driving is defined by Virginia Statute as driving in a manner that endangers life, limb, or property.  As a result, many police officers and state troopers will charge reckless driving when there is an accident.  After all, the driving endangered the property that was damaged as a result of the accident right?

The answer depends on the facts and circumstances surrounding the accident.  For example, if there is a single-car accident with no witnesses or statements, case law holds that the mere happening of an accident is not reckless driving (or even improper driving).  Of course, if there is evidence of drinking or excessive speed, the facts could sustain a conviction for reckless driving.

We will have to wait and see if any charges are brought against either driver.  If charges are brought, the matter will be heard in the Fairfax County General District Court.  For more information on reckless driving, feel free to visit our website.

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Jeremy S. Letnick

Jeremy Letnick is in the courtroom daily. Raised by both an attorney and a Fairfax County Police Officer, Mr. Letnick has been exposed to the intricate workings of both sides of the legal system his entire life.  His focus is criminal law and traffic law.  As result, he has the distinction of regularly appearing in the courts of Northern Virginia and consistently appears in front of the Judges and routinely works with the Prosecutors and Police Officers.  He has handled thousands of cases ranging from simple speeding tickets to robbery and manslaughter charges.  Mr. Letnick's ultimate goal is to make the client's court experience as stress-free as possible while pursuing the client's objectives.  Mr. Letnick is a second-degree black belt and takes the respectful position that everyone should stand up for themselves in Court and in life. George Mason University, B.A. 2004Thomas M. Cooley School of Law, J.D. 2008Certificate of Merit “Book Award”:Trial SkillsAlternative Dispute ResolutionForensic ScienceFairfax Bar AssociationPrince William Bar Association


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