A fatal head-on collision in Louisa County, Virginia (VA), is being blamed on a pickup truck driver's decision to drive under the influence. The deadly crash involving a moped on Route 33/Jefferson Highway near the town of Mineral happened at 8:30 pm on January 5, 2017.
Police identified the deceased moped rider as 22-year-old Timothy Wilmore. He reportedly died from his injuries at the scene of the wreck, which is close to the turnoff to Apple Grove Road.
Police who responded to the crash determined that the man driving the pickup caused the head-on collision by crossing the center double yellow line of the rural highway. They subsequently charged him with DUI and announced plans to file other criminal charges and traffic violations.
Several factors contributed to causing this tragedy, but the most preventable appears to be the choice of the pickup truck driver to take the wheel after becoming intoxicated. A narrow rural route like Jefferson Highway will always be dangerous at night. A moped rider will always face risks from larger vehicles. But no one needs to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Making such a reckless decision often raises the potential for a disabling or deadly crash from possible to practically guaranteed.
My Virginia wrongful death law death colleagues and I send our heartfelt condolences out to the friends and family members of the moped rider who died in such an avoidable tragedy.