A 59-year-old Gloucester Point man was struck and killed by a vehicle as he was walking northbound on George Washington Memorial Highway near Short Lane, in Gloucester. The fatal accident occurred at approximately 5:30 a.m.
The victim was struck by a 2008 Honda driven by 30-year-old man from White Marsh.
The fatal pedestrian accident victim was flown to the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond where he was later pronounced dead. The driver of the Honda was not injured. No charges have yet been filed against the driver, but police are still investigating the fatal crash.
Approximately 5,000 pedestrians are struck and killed every year in this country, making up almost 15 percent of all fatal motor vehicle accidents. Four states – California, Florida, New York, and Texas – account for almost 50 percent of all fatal pedestrian accidents. The state of Virginia loses almost 75 victims to fatal pedestrian accidents each year. Last year, 2015, saw a 10 percent surge in people killed in pedestrian accidents.
Of course, these statistics do not cover the thousands and thousands of pedestrian accident victims who are fortunate to survive their injuries, but often end up with long-term, if not permanent, disabilities.
Many safety advocates believe the surge is due to drivers being distracted by cell phone use and not seeing people walking until it is too late. There is also some thought that cell phone use may also be distracting pedestrians, as well.
Almost 75 percent of pedestrian fatalities occur after the sun has gone down. And approximately 15 percent of the drivers involved in these fatal accidents had a higher than legal limit of blood alcohol.
If you have had a family member killed in a pedestrian accident, contact a Virginia wrongful death attorney today. Our personal injury law firm also offers a free wrongful death guide for families who have lost a loved one in an accident. The guide covers topics such as the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim, what types of damages can be pursued, and who can be appointed as personal representative.