Man killed in wrong-way crash on I-264 in Va. Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- Virginia State Police say a man is dead following a crash that was caused by a wrong-way driver. 

The crash happened just after 2 a.m. on November 4 west of Birdneck Road on I-264 in Virginia Beach. 

Police say 25-year-old Melissa Hancock was traveling westbound on I-264 in the eastbound lanes when she struck a 2009 Mazda head-on. 

The driver of the Mazda, Daniel Dill, was taken to Virginia Beach General Hospital and died of his injuries the following day. 

Family members said Dill's injuries were too serious. 

"There's no words to explain what we're going through," said Daniel's father-in-law, Steven Rocha. "This isn't something I'd wish on anyone."

Dill was a member of the Coast Guard for 11 years. He lived in Portsmouth with his two dogs and wife of seven years. 

During the morning of the crash, Dill was a designated driver and headed to pick up his wife from a night out, Rocha explained.

"We want everybody to know what a good man Daniel Dill was and is. What a great son-in-law he was and how much joy he brought to our family," said Rocha. 

Hancock, who was a member of a reality show called "Little Women: Atlanta" is charged with DUI/maiming and driving the wrong way.

Court documents revealed that the four-foot, 100-pound woman consumed two to four mixed drinks about an hour before the crash and had a BAC of .112. The legal limit in Virginia is .08.  

Hancock was released from the Virginia Beach Jail on a $15,000 bond. 

She is due back in court for a bond appeal hearing next Tuesday, according to Kristi Hopkins with the Commonweath Attorney's office. 

The office is reviewing the case for additional charges.

Rocha told 13NewsNow that prosecutors told him they will pursue a DUI Manslaughter charge. 

"She's just going to have to pay the consequences for that decision," said Rocha. "And unfortunately Daniel paid the consequence for that, too."

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