A driver who fled the scene left a 55-year-old Pepsi bottling plant employ critically injured beside the highway in Boutetourt County, Virginia (VA). Before dawn on November 29, 2017, the hit-and-run driver struck the woman on the shoulder of U.S. 11/Lee Highway as she walked to work around 5 am.
Virginia State Police responded to the crash report and had the pedestrian transported to nearby Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Evidence found at the scene indicates that the vehicle involved is a General Motors pickup truck or SUV with damage to one of its front side mirrors, a headlight and front fender. Anyone who witnessed the hit-and-run collision or who sees a vehicle matching that description is being asked to contact law enforcement by calling (800) 542-5959 or emailing [email protected]
When the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety analyzed crashes involving pedestrian on high-speed highways like U.S. 11 through Boutetourt County, it found that “one out of five drivers involved in an Interstate pedestrian fatality leaves the scene of the crash. In cases in which the pedestrian was struck on the shoulder of the Interstate, inattentive, impaired, or drowsy driving was often a factor.”
Other research compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that “almost 129,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency departments for nonfatal crash-related injuries in 2015.” In those wrecks, “higher vehicle speeds increase both the likelihood of a pedestrian being struck by a car and the severity of injury.”
Compounding whatever mistake he or she made before striking the Pepsi plant employee in Hollins, the driver also committed the crimes of leaving the woman near death and failing to stay at the scene to speak with state troopers. Hit-and-run collisions like this one can victimize people twice. First, they suffer avoidable injuries, and then they may find it impossible to hold the person who harmed them financially accountable for paying medical bills and making up lost wages.
My Virginia personal injury law firm colleagues and I hope the pedestrian struck and abandoned on U.S. 11 makes a full and rapid recovery. We also hope that the public or police identify the hit-and-run driver and bring that person to justice. If that does not happen, the injured woman may have coverage under uninsured motorists provisions of her own car insurance policy. Virginia requires carrying such coverage, but invoking it can often be difficult.
When an uninsured motorist coverage claim is approved, the full limit of the policy will apply if the hit-and-run crash and injury can be verified and corroborated. Consulting with a caring and dedicated Virginia personal injury lawyer will help the pedestrian deal with either the at-fault driver’s insurance company or her own.