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Woman Pleads Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter in Fatal DUI Crash

Posted on Nov 24, 2010
In late November 2009, a woman driving an SUV hit two pedestrians with her car. The accident occurred at the intersection of Columbus Street and Market Street, at Town Center in Virginia Beach.

Natasha Herzog, the driver of the SUV, hit a male and a female pedestrian around 12:53 a.m. early Friday morning. Police initially suspected Herzog to be driving under the influence of alcohol in Virginia. They charged Herzog with her second DUI offense and refusing to take a breathalyzer test.

Both pedestrians were taken to area hospitals for medical treatment. Sadly, 23-year-old Hunter Richardson, of Suffolk, died of internal injuries later that same day. The other pedestrian, an unnamed 23-year-old woman, underwent surgery and was able to heal from broken bones and recover.

After the death of Richardson, Virginia Beach police added manslaughter charges to Herzog's offenses and held her without bond at Virginia Beach jail.

On Monday, September 13, 2010, Herzog's case was heard. She ended up pleading guilty to DUI and involuntary manslaughter of a pedestrian. She faces her second DUI conviction with five years, second refusal of blood/breath test, DUI, and involuntary manslaughter. Her sentencing is scheduled for January 26, 2011.

We are saddened to hear of the death of Hunter Richardson, and wish the other victim a full recovery.

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