Three people suffered injuries, with one remaining in critical condition, after a car collided with an SUV in Hampton, Virginia (VA), on the night of February 6, 2016. The crash happened at the intersection of Fox Hill Road and Cherry Acres Drive, just off E. Mercury Boulevard.
Reports indicate that the man driving the car was speeding and that he ran a red light before slamming into the SUV. The larger vehicle was making a left turn and had the right of way. Police did not disclose which person sustained the most severe injuries, but they did identify one of the victims as a teenaged passenger.
It is unclear whether the at-fault driver will face charges for running the red light, exceeding the speed limit, operating recklessly or some other violation. What is obvious, however, that stopping for the red light would have prevented the wreck. Drivers must watch for and obey all stop signals. Doing those things can be difficult when driving at night, in unfamiliar locations and at high speeds. Finding an explanation for running a red light, however, does not grant someone an excuse for causing an accident and hospitalizing other people.
My Virginia personal injury law firm colleagues and I wish all the people hurt in the Hampton crash full and rapid recoveries. Even more, we want every driver to stick to the speed limit and heed stop lights. Few crashes turn out to be actual accidents.