Six people waiting at a bus stop near Richmond, Virginia (VA), suffered injuries when an SUV got hit by a car and ran off the road. One child who had been sitting on a bench in the bus shelter ended up pinned under the SUV and sustained life-threatening injuries.
The Dec. 28, 2015, crash occurred at the intersection of Alma and East Laburnum avenues in Henrico County. According to police, a car's driver caused the wreck by leaving a stop sign too early. That person now faces a reckless driving charge and one count of operating with a suspended license.
In all, six pedestrians and the at-fault driver required hospital treatment. Four adults and a second child are expected to recover, but the most badly hurt girl remained in critical condition the following day.
Ignoring stop signs and failing to yield right of way lead to thousands of traffic accidents each year. It is unclear if the person who caused the SUV to hit the group of people waiting at the Richmond-area bus stop became impatient waiting for the intersection to clear, misjudged the distance and speed of oncoming vehicles or just did not check for collision risks. Whatever happened, the result was a crash that left a youngster fighting for her life.
Drivers cannot roll through stop signs, and they must wait until they are completely sure that they have enough time and space to enter an intersection safely. Failing to do either sets the stage for tragedy.