Failure to slow down and stop when approaching a red light appears to have caused a three-vehicle wreck in Virginia Beach, VA, that sent seven people to hospitals with injuries. Three children, including one who became trapped under an SUV that flipped onto its side, were among the injured.
Witnesses said the crash at the corner of Virginia Beach Boulevard and Cypress Lane began with an SUV slamming into the back of a car. That initial impact spun the smaller vehicle through the intersection and into a pole supporting the traffic signals. The SUV had reportedly been speeding and did not stop before rolling forward and flipping onto its side. It came to rest against a pickup truck.
The injured children were passengers in the SUV, and they were apparently not all buckled in. News reports did not mention which vehicles the other victims were driving or riding in. It also remains unclear if any charges will be filed against the woman behind the wheel of the SUV. Everyone is expected to survive.
Possible errors and acts of negligence that may have set the stage for the multivehicle wreck include driving too fast for traffic conditions, becoming distracted while approaching a stoplight and failing to use seatbelts and safety seats for the children. Each would be avoidable, which provides lessons for all drivers. Taking the extra time to strap in kids and then staying alert and responsive behind the wheel protects everyone.