Virginia State Police
Actress Melissa Hancock charged with DUI death of Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Dill
From New York Post
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Authorities say a reality TV star killed a U.S. Coast Guard technician in a drunken wrong-way collision on a Virginia highway.
News outlets report that 25-year-old Melissa Hancock has been charged with driving while intoxicated and maiming following the death of 29-year-old Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Dill.
Hancock appeared on Lifetime’s “Little Women: Atlanta,” a reality show that focuses on women of short stature.
Dill was a Logan Township, New Jersey, native who was stationed in Portsmouth as an information systems technician.
Virginia State Police say Hancock struck Dill head-on around 2 a.m. Nov. 4 on Interstate 264. WCAU-TV reports that Dill was driving to pick up his wife, who’d been drinking. He died of his injuries the next day.
Daniel Dill was his wife’s designated driver and was on the way to pick her up from a night out with her friends.
From Virginian Pilot
VIRGINIA BEACH — Natalie Dill planned to celebrate her 27th birthday by going out to dinner with her husband and family and then heading to the Oceanfront with friends.
Her husband, Daniel Dill, didn’t drink. He told her to go have a good time and offered to pick the group up later so they didn’t have to worry about driving home.
Dill was on his way to pick up his wife and her friends about 2 a.m. Saturday when he crossed paths with a drunken driver going the wrong way on Interstate 264, according to court documents.
A woman driving a 2011 Cadillac struck his 2009 Mazda head-on in the eastbound lane, just west of the Birdneck Road exit, according to a police summary of the incident.
Dill died just after midnight Sunday at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital. 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 Cadillac’s driver, Melissa Ann Hancock, was charged with DUI maiming immediately after the crash, but that charge may be upgraded, said Macie Allen, a spokeswoman for the commonwealth’s attorney.
Hancock, 25, who has been featured on the reality TV show ”Little Women: Atlanta,” told a state police trooper she had two to four mixed drinks at Peabody’s Nightclub at the Oceanfront about an hour before the crash, the police summary said. Her blood alcohol content tested at 0.112 two hours later, the summary said. Hancock is 4 feet tall and weighs 77 pounds, according to a court summons.
Hancock was granted a $15,000 bond during a court hearing Tuesday, and was ordered to wear a GPS device that also monitors alcohol use.
Prosecutors objected to the bond decision and have filed an appeal, Allen said. MORE
OBITUARY AND SERVICES FOR DANIEL CARL DILL
Portsmouth – Daniel Carl Dill, USCG Information Systems Technician 2nd Class, 34, passed away on Nov. 5, 2017. Daniel was born in Chester, Pennsylvania and lived in Logan Twp., New Jersey until after graduating from Kingsway High School in 2006. Daniel joined the USCG October 2006. He was stationed on the USCG Cutter Bear out of Portsmouth, Virginia where he met and married Natalie! Daniel also served on USCG Cutter Campbell out of Portsmouth, New Hampshire before returning to Portsmouth, Virginia.
Daniel is survived by his wife Natalie Rocha Dill; parents Denise Fullem Dill & Christopher J. Dill; siblings Robert & Kelly Dill Vazquez, Adam & Ryan Dill Hoover, Christopher Jr. & Melissa Bechtold Dill, Zachary & Alicia Rollen Dill; grandparents Marilyn Laurmann Fullem & Lucille Reynolds Dill; mother & father-in-law Magdalena N. Rocha & Steven J. Rocha; brother-in-law Steven Rocha, Jr.; niece Isabella Rocha; grandmother-in-law Nance M. Rocha & grandfather-in-law Roberto Rocha. Daniel was predeceased by his grandparents William R. Fullem & Walter R. Dill.
A funeral Mass will be conducted at 11 am Saturday in St. Paul’s Catholic Church with Full Military Honors. The family will receive friends in Loving Funeral Home Friday from 7-8 pm and online condolences may be made at www.LovingFuneralHome.com.