An 86-year-old pedestrian died after being hit by a car at the intersection of Big Bethel Road and Village Drive in Hampton, Virginia (VA), on the night of June 3, 2016. The driver remained on the scene, and police investigated the fatal crash through the following weekend.
All four corners of the intersection where the deadly pedestrian accident occurred are controlled by stop lights. Crosswalks are also available. Virginia law gives right of way to pedestrians using crosswalks, and any driver making a legal right-hand turn at a red light must yield to people on foot whether a crosswalk exists or not. Looking into the exact location and timing of the collision will allow police to determine if the driver acted negligently or recklessly by disregarding a stop signal, ignoring a crosswalk or becoming distracted and failing to see the pedestrian in time to yield.
As the investigation continues, family members of the pedestrian who lost his life may benefit from speaking with a caring Virginia wrongful death attorney. Even if law enforcement officials do not charge the driver with a traffic violation, the person who struck and killed the man in Hampton may still have responsibility for settling insurance claims. Civil liability differs from criminal culpability, and a knowledgeable plaintiff's lawyer can help crash victims understand how that matters for filing insurance claims.