An 18-year-old teenager bicycling on her way home from work was killed when she was struck by a tractor trailer Sunday night. The fatal accident occurred in the 12000 block of South Washington Highway, in Ashland, Virginia at approximately 11 p.m.
The victim had just started a new job at a local fast food restaurant chain located on Lewistown Road, and was saving up to buy her own car. The only daughter in a family of five children, she insisted to family that she make the 45 minute commute on her own, riding her bike.
The young girl was traveling northbound on South Washington when she was struck by the tractor trailer, which was also traveling in the same direction. The driver of the truck, a 61-year-old man from Fayetteville, North Carolina, has been charged with reckless driving.
Ashland police are investigating the fatal accident, but did say that it does not appear that alcohol, drugs, or distracted driving played a role in why it happened and do not – at this time – anticipate the driver will be charged with a more serious charge, such as vehicular homicide.
The young victim was not wearing reflective clothing; however, her bike was equipped with reflectors. She was also not wearing a helmet, but law enforcement did say that even if she had, it would not have protected her from the impact of being slammed into by a tractor trailer and most likely would not have saved her life.
If you have lost a loved one in a tractor trailer or any other type of motor vehicle accident, contact a dedicated Virginia wrongful death attorney to find out what legal recourse you may have against the negligent driver and/or the company the driver works for.