Separate hit-and-run car crashes separated by about 10 hours claimed two lives in Hampton Roads on February 27, 2015. Both were hit-and-run collisions, but police managed to identify and apprehend one of the suspected at-fault drivers.
The first deadly wreck occurred in the parking lot of the Double Tree Hotel on North Military Highway in Norfolk, Virginia (VA). The victim was found critically injured and unconscious early in the morning. Despite being transported to Sentara Norfolk General and receiving treatment throughout the day, the man succumbed to his injuries. Police could not even positively identify the Lousiana resident until shortly before he died, and the person who hit him remains unidentified. Anyone who has information that can help investigators is being asked to call the Crime Line at (888) LOCK-U-UP (562-5887).
The second fatal accident happened on Portsmouth Boulevard in Chesapeake, VA, across from Chesapeake Square Mall. According to WAVY TV-10, the incident began when a Mercedes rear-ended an SUV. That initial crash caused the SUV to cross the center line and collide head-on with a Jeep Cherokee. The suspected driver of the Mercedes was located within an hour.
My Virginia personal injury and wrongful death law firm colleagues and I know all too well how important knowing the identity of the person who caused a traffic fatality is. Beyond criminal prosecution and even insurance payments, finding emotional peace can be difficult or impossible for friends and family members who have no answers regarding who claimed the life of their loved one, or why the accident occurred. We hope the individual responsible for the hit-and-run death in Norfolk gets found quickly and held to account.