Recently, a Berkeley County woman pled guilty to a December 2014 hit and run, which involved the death of a pedestrian man who was walking home from work on the W. Va. 9. Sarah Quaglio, 24, pleaded guilty to one felony count of failure to stop at the scene of an accident, and additionally entered a plea of no contest to one count of driving under the influence, which resulted in the death of a 26-year-old, Chad Triesler. When asked what led to the indictment, the woman replied that she “hit a person, and I kept on going, and I didn’t stop.” Sentencing for Quaglio is scheduled to take place on November 30; she faces between one and five years in prison, as well as an additional jail sentence of up to one year, with fines also being possible.
Woman Intoxicated at the Time of the Incident
Motions to dismiss counts of failure to give information and render aid, and failure to give immediate notification of a crash were dismissed by the judge; each carried a maximum sentence of 10 days in jail. The prosecuting attorney stated that this was part of the trial strategy to allow the jury to concentrate on the more serious offenses. Police estimate the incident happened between 11:05 and 11:08pm, as Triesler was walking home from his job, when he was struck by a Honda CRV that Quaglio was driving. The victim was found the next morning just west of Welltown Road, between Martinsburg and Hedgesville.
Gregory Jones, the prosecuting attorney has cited texts messages recovered from the defendant’s cell phone that establish her intoxication at the time of the accident. He also noted other messages that outline her admission that she did not stop to render aid. One text message sent by Quaglio at 10:45pm stated, “I don’t think I’ve been this drunk before.”
Compensation Available in a Wrongful Death Case
Of course, while every case is different, here, the family of the deceased would likely have the ability to file a wrongful death claim in civil court. A wrongful death claim is allowed where an individual is killed due to the negligence of another (in this case, the driver), and there is an eligible survivor who can recover damages (the family members). Oftentimes, damages available in a wrongful death case include compensation for loss of support and companionship, pain and suffering, and for burial expenses and funeral costs.
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