Two pedestrians suffered serious injuries when they got struck by a car at the intersection of Shell Road and Powhatan Parkway in Hampton, Virginia (VA). The hit-and-run accident occurred on the afternoon of December 24, 2014, and police continued searching for the at-fault driver through the Christmas holiday. It is the second major pedestrian accident on Shell Road this month. According to the Daily Press, a minivan struck and critically injured a person in the 2500 block of Shell on the night of December 1.
One of the victims of the Christmas Eve collision told WAVY-TV 10 that the driver proceeded through a red light, refusing to yield right of way to him and his friend who had a green light and were crossing at the corner. The man who spoke with the television station suffered a broken leg, and the other pedestrian sustained significant head injuries.
The collision happened when the car turned, indicating it is possible that the person behind the wheel did not see the people in the road before crashing into them. My Virginia personal injury law firm colleagues and I know from decades of experience, however, that explaining "I never saw the person I hit and injured" never works as a valid excuse for causing a traffic accident.
We also know that tracking down the hit-and-run driver is important for ensuring the victims can receive insurance payments adequate to cover their hospital bills, lost wages and other accident-related expenses. Even if the injured pedestrians can avoid financial calamities by relying on their own health coverage or uninsured motorist riders to their own auto insurance policies, the at-fault driver deserves to be held accountable.