Five people suffered serious injuries in a head-on collision on Independence Boulevard in Virginia Beach, VA. The crash occurred at the intersection with Jericho Road at around 6:20, and witnesses informed police that the driver of an SUV crossed the median to cause the wreck. While news reports do not clearly identify which vehicle each of the injured victims occupied, television station WVEC-13 noted that one person got ejected from their automobile and that an infant was transported from the scene to a hospital.
Police announced their intention to charge the person behind the wheel of the SUV. Again, details were not disclosed, but accidents like this one can result from driver fatigue, impairment by drugs or alcohol, loss of control due to traveling too fast for weather and pavement conditions, and driver distraction. Whatever the explanation, the at-fault driver should be held to account for hitting and hurting several other individuals as a result of being negligent or reckless.
Head-on collisions often result in deaths and permanently disabilities. While the wreck in Virginia Beach does not appear to be in either category, the accident was probably more severe than it needed to be simply because it need not have happened. All drivers should slow down on wet or icy pavement, stay out the driver’s seat when at risk for falling asleep or still feeling the effects of a proverbial “long night.”