Call Us for a Free Consultation Today (571) 229-1800
VCU Students Mourn Loss of Fellow Joyous Peer

The Parrish Law Firm Blog

Legal News & Information Designed To Keep You Safe

VCU Students Mourn Loss of Fellow Joyous Peer

March 8, 2012 by Parrish Law Firm, PLLC

Virginia Beach, V.A., Feb. 25 – Students at Virginia Commonwealth University headed to Virginia Beach, VA today to pay their last respects to a fellow student who was killed by a drunk driver just several days prior.

The victim, Carolina Perez, was killed in the early morning hours of Feb. 22 when the car she was an occupant in was rear-ended by a 2004 Mazda on Second Street in Richmond. According to the Richmond Police Department, the driver of the Mazda, Varinder Chanal, ran a red light on Canal Street and T-boned the 2007 Toyota Yaris in which Perez was a passenger.

“She has touched countless lives, just from being who she is, being a daughter of God, and she was just a beautiful person,” said Amy Klim, a friend of Perez.

Perez, a 19-year-old VCU sophomore biology major and a devoted member of the Cathedral’s Campus Ministry community, was well-known on campus as an advocate for safe driving practices.

Police arrested Chanhal, 23, in connection to the crash. He is charged was driving under the influence (DUI), refusal to submit a blood or breathalyzer test and felony manslaughter, according to a press release from the Richmond Police Department.

In the commonwealth of Virginia, felony manslaughter requires at least one year in prison and a maximum of twenty years behind bars. If convicted on all counts, Chanhal is likely to receive the maximum penalty.

Sources:

Associations, Memberships & Accolades

  • The Corporate America Legal Elite twentyfifteen Personal Injury Lawyer
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys Fairfax VA
  • American Association for Justice logo
  • Avvo Clients' Choice Award 2017 for Personal Injury Law Firm logo
  • Prince William County Bar Association logo personal injury law firm
  • Fairfax Virginia Trial Lawyers Association logo
  • Personal injury attorney fairfax va bar association logo
  • Naopia Badge
Jim Parrish Personal Injury Law Firm Logo
Get in Touch Today (571) 229-1800

two Locations to Meet You

Manassas Office
Fairfax Office