Police in Hampton, Virginia (VA), have asked members of the public to help them track down a driver who struck and critically injured a 12-year-old boy then fled the scene. The hit-and-run pedestrian collision occurred at the intersection of East Mercury Boulevard and Clay Street on the afternoon of August 3, 2015. Witnesses described the car involved as grey with a man behind the wheel. Anyone with more information is being urged to call the Crime Line at (888) LOCK-U-UP.
The child sustained life-threatening injuries while attempting to cross the larger road. The intersection is not marked with crosswalks, but pedestrians crossing at corners are assumed to have right of way under Virginia law. One of the reasons to find and question the driver who hit the boy is to discover whether the child darted out into traffic or if the driver acted negligently or recklessly. Mistakes the driver may have made include speeding and getting distracted by looking down at a smartphone.
The other reason identifying the driver is essential is because no one should be able to avoid the consequences of injuring another person. Even if the driver in Hampton truly could not have avoided the collision, he has left the victim and the child's family struggling unnecessarily. The parents lack answers and have no recourse to filing insurance claims against the individual who hurt their boy. While the family may have some coverage for medical bills and other crash-related expenses through their own insurance policies, they should not be made to bear the cost of an accident someone else caused.
My Virginia personal injury law firm colleagues and I wish the child a full and rapid recovery. We also hope the hit-and-run driver is located soon.