A chain-reaction crash Sunday night in Richmond has left one victim dead, four others seriously injured and police searching for the hit-and-run driver they say is responsible for the crash. The crash occurred on Interstate 95 at the Bryan Park exit at approximately 1:00 a.m. and shut the highway down for five hours.
According to law enforcement, a 2007 Chevrolet SUV was heading south on I-95 when it was smashed into by a dark colored sedan. The impact caused the Chevrolet to spin out of control and slam into the highway’s jersey barrier. The Chevorlet came to a stop in the center lane of the highway, where it was hit by a 2014 Ford. The Ford was then struck by a 1997 Toyota. The driver of the dark sedan fled the scene.
The 20 year-old driver of the Chevrolet and the 21 year-old driver of the Toyota both survived the crash; however both were transported to the MCV Hospital with injuries. The 25 year-old driver of the Ford was killed from the impact. His sister, who was a passenger in the car, survived but was also taken to MCV with injuries sustained in the crash. Police report that all the victims were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.
Police continue to investigate the accident and are actively pursuing an attempt to identify the hit-and-run driver. In addition to criminal charges the driver faces if caught, he or she may also be liable for the wrongful death of the young victim that was killed, as well as causing the injuries of the other victims.
Many hit-and-run drivers are never identified; however, victims may still be able to recover damages under their own insurance coverage for underinsured/uninsured motorist coverage. Our law firm has successfully fought for many victims of hit-and-run drivers. If have lost a loved one in a car crash, contact an experienced Virginia wrongful death attorney to find out what legal recourse you may have for pain and loss.