Virginia Fairfax Reckless Driving Lawyer Speeding Traffic Motor Vehicle

Virginia Fairfax Reckless Driving Lawyer Speeding Traffic Motor Vehicle

Smith v. Commonwealth

Facts:

            The Circuit Court of Fairfax (Virginia) convicted defendant of involuntary manslaughter, speeding and reckless driving. Defendant appealed his conviction for involuntary manslaughter.

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Virginia Fairfax Reckless Driving Lawyer Speeding Traffic Motor Vehicle

Virginia Fairfax Reckless Driving Lawyer Speeding Traffic Motor Vehicle

Holdings:

            The Virginia Court made the following holding:
  • In reviewing the sufficiency of the evidence, the judgment of a trial court sitting without a jury is entitled to the same weight as a jury verdict. The trial court’s judgment will not be set aside unless plainly wrong or without evidence to support it. The credibility of a witness and the inferences to be drawn from proven facts are matters solely for the fact finder’s determination. The appellate court does not substitute its judgment for that of the trier of fact. The only relevant inquiry is whether any rational trier of fact could have found the essential elements of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt.
  • Involuntary manslaughter in the operation of a motor vehicle is an accidental killing which, although unintended, is the proximate result of negligence so gross, wanton, and culpable as to show a reckless disregard of human life. A violation of the statutes defining reckless driving and prescribing motor vehicle traffic regulations is insufficient to constitute manslaughter unless it is so flagrant, culpable, and wanton as to show utter disregard of the safety of others under circumstances likely to cause injury. What distinguishes a speeding violation from the misdemeanor of reckless driving, and the misdemeanor from the felony of involuntary manslaughter, is the likelihood of injury to other users of the highways. And the degree of the hazard posed by a speeding automobile depends upon the circumstances in each case.

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These summaries are provided by the SRIS Law Group. They represent the firm’s unofficial views of the Justices’ opinions. The original opinions should be consulted for their authoritative content.