Virginia State Police announced the tragic death of a 17-month old girl who was killed this past weekend when a SUV crashed into a group of pedestrians. The accident occurred in Rockingham County, VA and involved a Jeep SUV driven by a 16-year-old. According to WINA, the teenage driver was outside Harrisonburg when he lost control of the SUV and steered off the right side of the street. The SUV struck seven different people, including five children, before coming to a stop.
The injured pedestrians were taken to Rockingham Memorial Hospital where the 17-month-old died a short time later. Others injured in the terrible crash include a 2-year-old boy, a 2-year-old girl, a 7-month-old boy and two adult females who were there watching over the children.
The Virginia Injury Lawyer’s Perspective:
The 16-year-old driver of the SUV faces involuntary manslaughter charges in addition to possible civil suits. The family of the deceased toddler should consult with an experienced Virginia wrongful death lawyer who can properly advise them of their legal options. Civil claims are not precluded even though the driver will likely face criminal charges.
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