An Isle of Wight County, Virginia (VA), pedestrian suffered fatal injuries when a pickup truck struck her on the night of July 8, 2017. The deadly crash happened at the intersection of Carrollton Boulevard and Whippingham Parkway near the town of Bartlett.
Virginia State Police responded to a call about a pedestrian injury at around 10:20 pm. They found the woman critically injured, and she died at Riverside Regional Hospital the following morning. Troopers did not immediately file charges against the driver but kept their investigation open throughout the weekend.
Residents interviewed by WAVY-TV 10 described the scene of the fatal pedestrian collision dangerous, in part because the posted speed limit on Whippingham Parkway is 55 mph. As reported by the station:
Others who live in the same neighborhood say the intersection is busy during the day and night.
“Sometimes whenever I get to the light, it takes maybe five minutes to try to cross the street because it’s really busy,” said [a resident], who frequently crosses the intersection.
[She] hopes something will be done about the intersection to make it safer for pedestrians to prevent this from happening again.
“I definitely think there should be a cross walk because it’s dangerous,” she said.
According to data compiled by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, excessive speed played a role in causing 9 pedestrian deaths in the state during 2015 and in injuring another 93 people who were crossing or walking near roadways.
In addition to speeding, investigators looking into the pedestrian fatality in Isle of Wight County must determine whether the driver or the deceased pedestrian had right of way. The intersection with Carrollton Boulevard is controlled by stoplights in all directions. Drivers must slow for a yellow signal and stop for a red light to give pedestrians time to cross the parkway safely.
In a 2013 Traffic Safety Data bulletin, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offered this must-follow advice for drivers:
- Look for pedestrians everywhere. Pedestrians may not be walking where they should be or may be hard to see—especially in poor lit conditions, including dusk/dawn/night and poor weather.
- Always stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk or where pedestrian crosswalk signs are posted.
- Never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk. They may be stopped to allow pedestrians to cross the street.
- Slowdown and look for pedestrians. Be prepared to stop when turning or otherwise entering a crosswalk.
- Never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
- Follow the speed limit; slow down around pedestrians.
- Stay focused and slow down where children may be present, like school zones and neighborhoods
As the investigation continues, the family of the pedestrian who lost her life could benefit from consulting with a caring Virginia wrongful death attorney who can keep them informed of what police find and represent their interests when dealing with insurance company representatives.