On Tuesday, April 16, a Chesterfield man was killed by the driver of a 2004 Honda CRV when it hit him head-on near New Kent County on Interstate 64 . The accident took place around 10:30 a.m. when the victim, who was driving a 1996 Ford Ranger, was traveling westbound in the correct lane and the at-fault driver was driving on the wrong side of the interstate. The at-fault driver was also a resident of Chesterfield. The victim died at the scene and was subsequently transported to a medical examiner in Richmond. The accident was reported by The Virginia Gazette.
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The accident caused the westbound lanes of 64 to be closed until 3 a.m. Wednesday morning. Details of the crash are still being investigated, but it appears that the victim, a 47-year old man who had four children and seven grandchildren, was prematurely ripped away from his family because of a senseless accident.
The Virginia Injury Lawyer’s Perspective:
The loss of this Chesterfield resident is tragic, as sudden and unexpected loss always is. Many questions remain about the causes of this terrible wreck - what caused the at-fault driver to drive the wrong way on a major interstate? What put him on a collision course with the victim, who was wearing his seat belt and traveling innocently in the westbound lane of I-64, unaware of the danger heading his way at 10:30 a.m.?
If the police investigation finds that alcohol was involved, or if the at-fault driver was guilty of any kind of recklessness or negligence behind the wheel, the family of the victim may want to consider filing a wrongful death suit against the deceased, at-fault driver’s insurance company.
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