A third-grade teacher from Southwest Virginia lost her life when an SUV ran across a highway median and collided head-on with her car on the afternoon of November 3, 2015. The deadly crash occurred on Route 220 near the intersection with VA 919/Grassy Hill Road just south of the town of Boone's Mill in Franklin County.
News reports do not include details on why the driver of the SUV lost control, mentioning only that she has been charged with operating recklessly. She may have been speeding on wet pavement, distracted by a smartphone or GPS device, or asleep at the wheel. The actual reason for her recklessness matters less than the tragedy her failure to operate her vehicle safely and conscientiously caused. Even if she suffered an unexpected medical emergency, she still failed to keep her SUV on the correct side of the highway and out of the path of oncoming traffic.
Drivers must remain alert and in control at all times. My Virginia personal injury and wrongful death attorney colleagues and I have seen too often that taking one's eyes off the road for just a few seconds or just slightly overcorrecting one's steering creates an unsafe situation that can end with severe injuries or, as sadly happened in Franklin County, death. Our deepest condolences go out to the deceased victim's friends and family members.