A bike rider died after being struck by a pickup truck on U.S. 460 near the town of Crewe in Nottoway County, Virginia (VA). The driver left the scene of the fatal accident, which Virginia State Police investigators estimate occurred at 4 am on August 4, 2016. The deceased victim was not discovered until a passerby spotted him and his bicycle by the side of the highway at around 7 am.
Pieces of a headlight found near the body of the bicyclist allowed police to identify the vehicle involved as a 1999-2006 Ford F-250 Super Duty pickup. Anyone who knows the identity of the at-fault driver or who witnessed the hit-and-run collision is being urged to share their information by calling (804) 553-3445.
Each hit-and-run crash has the potential to leave people victimized twice. In addition to injuries or the loss of a loved one, the victims of the fleeing driver's refusal to render aid and accept responsibility can be left on their own to pay medical bills and make up wages lost while recovering. Tracking down the driver who causes a hit-and-run collision is often difficult, by my Virginia wrongful death attorney colleagues and I know from experience that it is possible with the help of concerned and caring citizens.
When holding an at-fault driver directly accountable for inflicting injuries or taking a life is not possible, victims may be able to receive settlements and compensation through uninsured and underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) provisions of their own auto insurance policies. Going through the UM/UIM claims process is often as complicated as filing a claim against someone else's insurance, though. The better option is always finding the negligent or reckless driver and making him or her pay.