A hit-and-run collision in Norfolk, Virginia (VA), left a female pedestrian with serious injuries. The car crash occurred at the corner of Brambeton Avenue and Church Street on the morning of June 17, 2015.
According to police, an SUV jumped a curb, struck the woman while she was on the sidewalk, and then left the scene. Law enforcement officers were able to identify and apprehend suspects shortly after the incident. The injurious action may have been intentional. Investigators told reporters that they had evidence indicating that the pedestrian had argued with one of the people who is believed to have been in the vehicle at the time of the wreck.
The injured victim is expected to survive, but no prognosis for her recovery has been made public. Hitting someone with an SUV can kill, and pedestrians often suffer permanent disabilities ranging from traumatic brain injuries to degrees of paralysis following crashes. Whatever happens, and whoever bears responsibility for hitting the woman in Norfolk, the driver who struck the pedestrian and then fled must be held accountable -- criminally, if appropriate, and civilly.
"Civilly" means settling insurance claims and possibly paying monetary damages for recklessly causing harm. The money will almost surely be needed to pay hospital bills, cover the cost of physical therapy and replace income during the time the pedestrian cannot work because she is injured. Punitive damages, which are noncriminal penalties, could also be warranted.