Victim dies after years in vegetative state
A Fairfax Station man who had been in a persistent vegetative state since riding in a car crashed by a drunk driver in November 2007, died Friday, his family said. He was the second person killed in the accident.
Daniel B. Fath, 26, was a passenger in a BMW 540i driven by his close friend, Christopher D. Plaisier, now 24. Morgan E. Cooke, 18, was also in the car. In addition to drinking, Plaisier admitted he had been smoking marijuana when he drove the BMW over a hill on Wolf Run Shoals Road in Fairfax Station on Nov. 28, 2007.
The BMW went airborne and smashed into a tree at a point seven feet above the ground. Cooke survived for five days before she died. Fath went through multiple surgeries, but never regained consciousness. His mother suggested that Plaisier be sentenced to time taking care of his friend.
Plaisier pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced in October 2008 to three years in prison. "I can't say how sorry I am for what I've caused the Cooke family, for what I've caused Daniel. I hung out with Daniel, like, every day."
Plaisier's blood-alcohol content was measured at .08, the exact legal standard for intoxication in Virginia. He is scheduled to be released from prison in January, state records show.
Fath's family had documented his struggle on a blog, and they announced his passing there.
His mother, Brenda Fath, said Tuesday that her son was a seventh-generation Alexandria native. "As a mother," she said, "I was there when he was born, and it was very comforting to be there when he took his last breath."
-- Tom Jackman
| September 28, 2010; 4:39 PM ET
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