A crash that may have involved more than one vehicle led to the death of a pedestrian in Norfolk, Virginia (VA). The deadly accident occurred around 6 pm on November 17, 2015, in the 2800 block of Cromwell Drive. No charges were immediately filed, and the incident remained under investigation days later.
According to news reports, a car hit the pedestrian. The man survived briefly but succumbed to his injuries after being transported to the hospital.
The car's driver stayed at the scene, and police ordered that a pickup truck be towed away before reopening the street to through traffic. Questions still to be answered include what involvement the pickup truck had, whether the pedestrian or the drivers had the right of way, and if some act of negligence or recklessness while driving caused the collision that killed the pedestrian.
Answering each of those questions and others will be essential for allowing the deceased victim's family to make insurance claims to cover unexpected costs for emergency medical care and a funeral and burial. If a driver's mistake or traffic violation created the fatal situation, the pedestrian's survivors may also have grounds for pursuing compensation for financial damages like lost lifetime earnings and for noneconomic damages like loss of companionship through a wrongful death lawsuit.
Car crashes that take people's lives can impose great economic and emotional hardships on those left behind. When bad driving is to blame for that, the responsible parties must be held accountable.