Virginia Beach, VA – A reality TV star killed a Coast Guard technician in a drunk-driving accident last weekend near Virginia Beach.
Melissa Hancock, a star of Lifetime’s “Little Women: Atlanta,” struck the 2009 Mazda of U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Dill head on with her 2011 Cadillac, as she drove down the wrong side of Interstate 264 on Nov. 4 at about 2 a.m., CBS News reported.
Dill was transported to Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital and died the next day from his injuries.
The 29-year-old had suffered a major spinal cord injury, his brain was severely swollen, and he had internal injuries and broken bones, according to his family. They made the decision to withdraw care once doctors explained his prognosis, the Virginian-Pilot reported.
He was from Logan Township, New Jersey, and was stationed with the Coast Guard in Portsmouth, as an information systems technician.
Dill had been on his way to pick up his wife and her friends, who were out celebrating his wife’s birthday. He’d offered to be the group's designated driver because he didn't drink.
Hancock, 25, told a Virginia State Police trooper that she drank between two and four mixed drinks at a local nightclub about an hour before the traffic crash. About two hours after the crash, her alcohol level tested at 0.112 percent, exceeding the legal limit of .08.
She is 4 feet tall and weighs 77 pounds, according to court documents.
Dill's father-in-law, Steven Rocha, told The Virginian-Pilot that Dill was "the most compassionate guy you'd ever meet."
"He was the best son-in-law a father could ever have. We loved him as if he were our son,” Rocha said.
Dill was buried with full military honors.
Hancock was arrested at the scene of the accident and charged with driving while intoxicated and maiming. Prosecutors may upgrade the charge to DUI manslaughter.
She was granted a $15,000 bond during a court hearing on Tuesday and was ordered to wear a GPS device which also tracks alcohol use, according to the Virginian-Pilot.
Macie Allen, a spokeswoman for the commonwealth’s attorney, said prosecutors objected to the bond and have filed an appeal.