A hit-and-run driver is suspected to have caused a 4-car accident on I-64 Wednesday afternoon. The accident happened around 5:20 pm on I-64 west near Broad and Glenside in Henrico County, Virginia. The accident closed three lanes for two hours. Vehicles were only able to pass by on the right shoulder.
According to WTVR.com, the vehicle that caused the chain-reaction accident is a black or dark blue SUV – possibly a Jeep. The driver hit a Saturn, which in turn crashed into an Isuzu SUV. The Isuzu driver lost control and spun out, hitting a Honda. The Saturn driver sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to the hospital.
Witnesses also say the hit-and-run driver appeared to be talking on a cell phone at the time of the accident. Police are searching for the driver and continuing to investigate.
Hit-and-run drivers flee the scene for many reasons. Some are worried about losing their license. Some are intoxicated or otherwise impaired at the time, possibly with illegal substances in the vehicle, and fear the consequences of getting caught. Whatever the reason, the decision to leave the scene of an accident is reprehensible no matter what the consequences are for the at-fault driver.
Victims who are seriously injured in hit-and-run accidents often feel they are left to cover the expense of the accident on their own if the police don’t identify the at-fault driver. This just isn’t true in Virginia. Most of the time, the victim can recover the cost of medical expenses, car repairs, and other damages under the same provision of an insurance policy that covers uninsured/underinsured motorists. If you were injured in a hit-and-run accident, our experienced personal injury attorneys can assess your potential claim and take you through the claim process so you can focus on returning to normal life.